McNaughton Confident PCs Will Win Election With Ford As Leader

Hannah Rogers
March 12, 2018

A heated battle for the reins of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives that exposed deep rifts within the party continued to smolder even after Doug Ford was crowned the new leader late on Saturday.

Walker, who threw his support behind Elliott soon after she launched her third bid to become the party's leader, said he believes she has a right to seek answers regarding the outcome of the election.

You can view the announcement here. Minutes later, CTV News airs a story in which two unnamed women make allegations of sexual misconduct against Brown dating back to his time as a federal member of parliament.

The race was prompted by former leader Patrick Brown's resignation on January 25 after two women accused him of sexual misconduct. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing and served CTV News, which first published the allegations, with a notice of libel. During the conversation all four voice opposition to the Liberals' increase to the minimum wage and reject a proposed carbon tax that would have been the cornerstone of Brown's election platform had he remained as party leader.

"I just had to endure a very tense and turbulent eight weeks, and before that things weren't always the best, either, in terms of the political corruption that we were contending with".

Despite the scandals and drama, Skelly says the party will persevere.

Earlier in the day, Lefton testified in court in defence of the Tories' voting process.

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I hope I'll have the honour of leading our party into the next election. The committee also approves Brown's competitors in the contest, save for Mulroney who had previously been vetted when she secured a riding nomination in late 2016.

Ben Levitt, Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas Tory candidate, could only shake his head at how the leadership event was winding up.

Ford also alleged party members were sending documents to hand-picked members while excluding others, including his own mother. The party said it was aware of those concerns and thrice pushed back the deadline for party members to register for the vote. Party members in each district were mailed registration information, including numbers to use to access the online voting system.

"It took longer than we expected and course we've seen this happen when Dalton McGuinty was elected leader of the Liberals and other leadership contests tend to drag on", says McNaughton.

If passed, the injunction would have extend the leadership voting period.

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. On March 9, the day before the convention, the judge ruled there would be no extension.

The statement claimed that there were three key points that were widely known: that Elliott won the popular vote, won the majority of ridings, and that the difference in electoral points between herself and Ford amounted to less than 150 out of a total of 12,000 points included in the final calculations. Elliott wrote in an email to party members that was obtained by The Daily Caller. It noted that there had been an issue with the allocation of certain electoral votes but the matter was reviewed and resolved.

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