Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Doug Ford new leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservative party

Rob Ford: brother of late Toronto mayor is new Progressive Conservative leader An Elliott challenge would be distracting, Sault MPP says
Andrew Cummings | 14 March, 2018, 06:08

Sarnia-Lambton's MPP is fully behind the Progressive Conservative Party's choice of Doug Ford as its new leader.

Ford won by a slim, 153 vote margin.

Fedeli, who has served as interim party leader since the resignation of Patrick Brown amid allegations of sexual misconduct several weeks ago, will remain opposition leader for parliamentary purposes because Ford does not have a seat in the Ontario legislature.

Ford is a former Toronto Ward 2 city counsellor and older brother of the late mayor Rob Ford, who is most famous for admitting to have smoked crack while in office.

In any case, that was the predictable and expected dog barking from the progressive left from the outside.

Lefton then dismissed the assembled party members from the hall they'd occupied since late Saturday morning, saying the organization no longer had access to the premises.

"The Toronto Sun learned that behind the scenes, officials struggled specifically with a "coding issue" that made it hard to determine in exactly which ridings some electronic ballots were cast. They still believe in Ford Nation". The main event ended with images of crews taking down balloons that were meant to shower the new party leader hours earlier.

Eventually, they were told to go home as the review continued because the room lease had expired and the room was needed for a wedding Sunday.

"And it was Ford's fans for the most part who reacted with furious boos and "Ford won" as the convention came to a close without a result".

"Every sport I've ever played, the best teams I've played on, are when the captain or the leader comes in and says what are your best strengths and how do we maximize those?"

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During the leadership campaign, Romano felt Elliott would be the best voice the north could have as head of a PC government.

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.

Party officials said that voter turnout was higher than in any other leadership contest in provincial PC history, with 64,053 preferential ballots cast over the week-long voting period.

Who does that sound like? "The New Democrats and the Liberals both have to worry about losing key voters to Mr. Ford because they're attracted to his populism regardless of his ideology".

Wasn't that the main point of the leadership convention?

Mulroney, the only candidate to be nominated in a riding, also tweeted her support for Ford and said she would be back knocking on doors Sunday.

"Hopefully Doug Ford will be declared the victor", he said.

He defeated opponents Christine Elliott, Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney and social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen to secure the leadership. "Together we will return our province to where it belongs". "I don't think it really changes anything until we see the party platforms and we get closer to the election", said Joey Mack, Toronto-based director of fixed income at GMP Securities LP.

"It's clear that Ontario Liberals are going to be going into the election campaign as underdogs... that's where Kathleen Wynne is comfortable", said Omar Khan, vice-president for engagement with the Ontario Liberal Party.

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