Doug Ford's Rival Won't Concede Defeat After Party Election

Marie Harrington
March 14, 2018

In her statement acknowledging Ford's win, Elliott reiterated that she still plans to seek a seat in the provincial election in June.

The announcement comes after a delay that lasted more than seven hours as party officials reviewed the results of the vote.

"After completing my review, I am confident in the results".

Ford wasted no time hitting the campaign trail Sunday.

The provincial election takes place Thursday June 7th, 2018.

So over the weekend while most of us were scrambling to figure out if what time it actually was (daylight savings struggles), Doug Ford was elected as leader of the Progressive Conservative party of of Ontario.

"I'm anxious about Kathleen Wynne, not Christine right now", Ford told reporters as he walked in a St. Patrick's Day parade in Toronto earlier Sunday.

"Doug Ford and I disagree on a lot of things, that's a reality, that's not news to anyone".

"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.

"Whatever it takes, as long as we get it right and then we're behind whoever the candidate is", said Jeffrey Thomson, a longtime party member. "In a race this close, largely determined by geography, someone needs to stand up for these members", Elliott said in her earlier statement.

He said his win was the result of a "grassroots movement" across the province, but also acknowledged that the leadership process - marred by voting problems and a since-dropped challenge to his win by runner-up Christine Elliott - was messy.

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Ford, who met with Elliott Sunday night, said they were putting the heated competition behind them.

Doug Ford, 53, is the older brother of Toronto's notorious former mayor, Rob Ford.

An Angus Reid Institute survey released Thursday found that while Ford is popular with the party base, almost half of voters who would consider voting PC would be less likely to do so with him as leader.

When a reporter asked if she thought Ford's presence in the race would make the campaign more "belligerent or aggressive", Wynne said that she thought there was still a "strong chance" for a "very important and fundamental debate about government" over the next three months.

"We are all behind our new leader and focused on our common goal of defeating the disastrous Wynne Liberal government", he said.

"To the people of Ontario, I say relief is on its way". I look forward to working with him.

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.

He defeated opponents Christine Elliott, Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney and social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen to secure the leadership. Wynne replaced Dalton McGuinty as premier after winning the 2013 Ontario Liberal leadership race.

"We have them back on side and people are frustrated".

"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 health care and education", the Liberals said after his victory was announced.

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