Brother of Rob Ford Elected to Lead Conservatives in Ontario

Brother of Rob Ford Elected to Lead Conservatives in Ontario

"That is why our team took the last twenty-four hours to review the results of an election that was incredibly close".

"After completing my review, I am confident in the results", Elliott said in a statement sent out Sunday. "I have a great deal of respect for her, she's a great campaigner, debater, and I've never underestimated her, but she's never debated Doug Ford before and I can't wait".

Bailey and Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton both are expressing confidence that Ford can lead the Conservatives to victory in the June 7 provincial election.

The runner-up in the Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) leadership race is refusing to concede defeat Sunday despite her calls for party unity on Saturday.

"I'm the first to admit we had problems in the nomination under LEOC (the Leadership Election Organizing Committee)", Ford said.

"This was pretty much the most mishandled party executive communication exercise I've ever witnessed on television", she said. "And to Kathleen Wynne I say your days as premier are numbered".

"There are people who have got all kinds of anger and disquietude with the provincial government". Brown's departure - including his brief entry into the race to fill his spot - little went smoothly for the Conservatives on Saturday. She also said thousands of party members were assigned to incorrect ridings during the voting process.

Elliott said she had won the popular vote and the majority of ridings, and noted that very few electoral points separated her and Ford in the final count.

"I think he can reach outside of the traditional Conservative base and reach communities the Conservatives have stumbled to attract in past elections", he said, listing the areas around Toronto as an example.

He also echoed some of the populist rhetoric that helped sweep his late brother Rob Ford into the mayor's office in Toronto in 2010. But Elliott can challenge that through the courts if she chooses.

An Angus Reid Institute survey released Thursday found that while Ford is popular with the party base, almost half of voters who would consider voting PC would be less likely to do so with him as leader.

Romano said Ford had a strong following and believes he will be an effective leader.

But he's got a lot of work to do before the election campaign begins.

Asked what he likes about Ford, Walker said Ford is a successful businessman who wants the best for Ontario. I look forward to working with him.

He defeated opponents Christine Elliott, Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney and social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen to secure the leadership.

But in spite of Elliott's concession, uniting the party and making it appeal to a range of voters may prove a daunting task for Ford given his brash, often confrontational approach, which he displayed in his brief career in municipal politics and again in his leadership campaign, said Myer Siemiatycki, a political science professor at Toronto's Ryerson University.

Western University political science professor Cristine de Clercy said it's hard to say just where Ford will take the Tories when it comes to policy, but noted that his populism could pose a problem for his rivals.

Wynne's comments were echoed by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who spoke to CP24 in a phone interview.

"We're going to spend the coming weeks getting the party in fighting shape, because the people of this province are ready for change".

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