Mar 11, 2018
By Bob Sheppard
After a seven hour delay the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party announced that Doug Ford is their new leader.
The former Toronto city councillor and brother of late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford defeated Christine Elliott, Caroline Mulroney and Tanya Granic Allen.
The leadership race was made necessary after former leader Patrick Brown resigned because of misconduct allegations that he denies. He entered the race to get his old job back, but backed out just a few days later.
Ford will have eventually have to get a seat in the legislature, and could wait until after the provincial election on June 7th.
Ford has been a very vocal critic of Premier Kathleen Wynne, and says “her days are numbered.”
Ford’s win didn’t come easy. It took a long review of ballots behind closed doors Saturday night before the announcement that Ford had defeated Christine Elliott on the third ballot.
In a statement released early Sunday, Elliott claims there were “serious irregularities” and vows to investigate the vote further.