John Yakabuski reacts to new Ontario PC leadership

Mar 14, 2018, 06:06
John Yakabuski reacts to new Ontario PC leadership

Sault MPP Ross Romano is prepared to move on and support new Progressive Conservative Party leader Doug Ford after a marathon leadership convention which began Saturday morning in Toronto and dragged into the late hours of the evening amid demands for a recount from candidate Christine Elliott.

The PC Party announced late Saturday night that Ford, a former Toronto city councillor, had won the leadership contest on the third ballot. Cochrane said. Mr. Ford finished second to John Tory in Toronto's mayoral race in 2014. Like his brother, Ford touted his connections to ordinary voters dubbed "Ford Nation" who want small government and a tough style of speaking.

Ford told The Toronto Sun at the time that he didn't have "any respect for Kathleen Wynne because she's an unelected premier". The province is a key manufacturing region and boasts major auto assembly plants. In London-Fanshawe, he beat out Elliott by 19 percentage points. "I think what we are putting forward as a platform is very, very different than what any of the Conservatives were putting forward, which is cutting and removing supports from people".

Ford replaces Patrick Brown as leader after he abruptly resigned in late January amid sexual misconduct allegations, which that he vehemently denies.

However Elliott also faced mounting pressure to concede defeat Sunday so that the party could put up a united front with just three months to go before the provincial election.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is downplaying the threat that newly minted Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford poses to her re-election bid.

"The results are not what we had expected and it took longer to get there than what we anticipated", Romano, who was in Markham at the convention, said.

Ford, 53, acknowledged the confusion of a contested result that marred a day created to recast the party as ready to govern again.

"However, the excessive delay didn't sit well with the hundreds of party members who had waited patiently all day to greet their new leader". The party said it was aware of those concerns and thrice pushed back the deadline for party members to register for the vote. The challenge was dismissed after the chief electoral officer concluded that the issue "would not statistically lead to a change in the outcome".

"I hope what he's going to be as a leader is a guy that comes in and acknowledges that there's a very strong team in caucus, there are a lot of really well-qualified candidates".

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

Khan says Wynne should push Ford on issues like his "concerning" stance on abortion. He admitted to smoking crack cocaine, took a sabbatical to receive drug and alcohol addiction treatment, and became the butt of jokes on talk shows within and outside of Canada. Rob Ford died of cancer in 2016. Cochrane said. "He can resonate with blue collars and trades people".

The new Tory leader said he would leave parliamentary business to former interim leader Vic Fedeli and focus instead on the June election.

"Liberals will do anything to hold on to power", Ford said. The interactive interactive voice response telephone survey included 923 randomly selected Ontario voters.

Like his brother, Doug Ford is parlaying a populist message of bringing down "elites", promising to cut taxes, lower electricity rates, and taking on the federal government over programs such as the proposed carbon tax.

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