Ontario PCs confirm 'definitive' win for Doug Ford

Doug Ford Wins Ontario Conservative Leadership After Challenge Overruled

In Sunday's early hours, her campaign told iPolitics that position changed because they believe the party didn't follow it's own rules while calculating the result.

After a tumultuous and turning campaign, Doug Ford has been elected the new leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in Ontario, and will now lead the party in the coming election against Kathleen Wynne's Liberals.

Sault MPP Ross Romano, who had thrown his support behind Christine Elliott, was not immediately available for comment.

While it is unfortunate that the party would lose the cost of a convention and hotel rooms, "the process has not respected the right of each member to have one vote", Santoro said.

"With the selection of Doug Ford, Ontario Conservatives have chosen corporate interests over workers, religious extremism over the rights of women, and cuts at the expense of our healthcare and education", the statement said. The statement further said she had won both the popular vote and the majority of ridings, and that fewer than 150 points separated her from Ford in the final tally.

Jeffrey Radnoff said the Superior Court of Justice was scheduled to hear his application for an injunction on Friday morning, just hours before voting in the contentious race was scheduled to end. Ford also had praise for Elliott, but said he had not spoken to her.

Rob Ford died of cancer in 2016.

Mere months before the election, the province's official Opposition sacrificed its leader in a scandal over sexual misconduct allegations; surrendered its official campaign platform in a policy panic; revealed the "rot" and internal wrongdoing in its nominations and machinations; and, finally, bungled the vote count virtually from start to finish, and ultimately in the aftermath.

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Michael Fenrick, a lawyer and partner at Paliare Roland, says there are options open to Ford to get the review he says he wants - up to and including legal action.

The new Tory leader had campaigned on promises to scrap the carbon tax and "pour money" into infrastructure to move forward the Ring of Fire development if he wins the next provincial election in June. She also claimed that thousands of party members were assigned to incorrect ridings.

"If we're going to win the general election. stuff like this only makes things worse", he said.

Lefton said a review was underway and told the crowd to leave the hall and go home since the venue was needed for another event.

Gina Brannon, the lawyer for the Ontario PC Party, said the turnout is something to celebrate - a record high due in large part to the first ever online ballot, which meant people didn't have to drive great distances to vote.

The party said almost 77,000 members had registered to vote and more than 44,000 had cast a ballot as of Wednesday evening.

After losing the last four elections, the Progressive Conservatives are heading into the next campaign convinced they can win on June 7 with a wild-card candidate - armed with the same powerful message that propelled Donald Trump's triumphant run to the USA presidency.

Keep following BlackburnNews.com for continued updates in the leadership race.

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