By Steve Dellar  |  03-11-2018   News
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If you thought you would never see Toronto be ruled by another member of the ‘Ford’ family after the disastrous spell the late (drug-abusing) Mayor Rob Ford left behind, think again. Yesterday, after a heated ballot dispute with Ms. Christine Elliott (a lawyer and former MPP making her third attempt at the party leadership), Mr. Doug Ford, the brother of, won the party leadership for the June 7th campaign. We can only imagine the number of old videos which will resurface on Canadian TV soon.

Together with his family, Mr. Ford took to the stage after the election and said: “Tonight we took the first step in defeating Kathleen Wynne.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: A senior official with direct knowledge of the results tells me that Doug Ford won the Ontario PC leadership race in the initial count and that Christine Elliott is demanding a recount. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/onpoli?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#onpoli</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pcpoldr?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#pcpoldr</a>. <a href="https://t.co/urSPg4s4bJ">pic.twitter.com/urSPg4s4bJ</a></p>&mdash; Mike Crawley (@CBCQueensPark) <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCQueensPark/status/972590071621677056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Reacting to the ballot dispute which left a bad taste for many in the party, Mr. Ford said: “many of the party members feel like they’ve been let down with this process.”

“We have a lot to do in a very short amount of time. I will get our party back on track. We will put a platform forward that will speak to every Ontarian.”

Whilst Ford praised his rival Ms. Elliott, he also made it clear she had not yet conceded victory.

Furthermore, an email from Ms. Elliott’s campaign early Sunday stated there were “serious irregularities” in the leadership contest and that she would contest the result in court.

Former cabinet minister Mr. Frank Klees, who supported Ford during the election process, admitted that “this is not a good night” for the party.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">CONFIRMED: Two party sources with direct knowledge of the result tell me the recount is complete and Doug Ford won on the recount as well. He will be the new Ontario PC leader. <a href="https://t.co/wUZsRzgf7u">https://t.co/wUZsRzgf7u</a></p>&mdash; Mike Crawley (@CBCQueensPark) <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCQueensPark/status/972596682767478784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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“I am disheartened. I am embarrassed by what is happening here tonight.”

“It was Christine Elliott’s camp who refused, of all of the four candidates, to extend the voting by a week.”

Source:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-progressive-conservatives-pcs-new-leader-election-1.4571014

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