Ford declared PC victor late Saturday, Elliott not present

Tim Hudak

" One more week without a leader impacts every member of the Progressive Conservative party of Ontario", wrote Archibald, noting the "unprecedented circumstances" and tight time-line" of the leadership race coming against a backdrop of a June 7 election.

She claimed to have won the popular vote and the majority of ridings, with "fewer than 150 points difference" between herself and Ford in the final count.

This is the third time Elliott has lost the leadership race.

"We have a Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump situation", a senior Conservative told the (Toronto) Star before Ford was named the victor.

In a statement acknowledging Ford's victory, Elliott says she is "confident in the results" of the election.

Now, the PC party that has just rendered judgment on the candidates is itself about to be judged - along with its new leader - by voters across the province.

Lefton said at the press conference that the issue was not large enough to sway the outcome of the election.

After a day of speculation as to whether or not the Ontario PC party was irretrievably split, Doug Ford and Christine Elliott met late Sunday to ensure a united front for their team. "We've absolutely seen this movie before, whether it was Doug Ford or whether it was Christine Elliott or Tanya Granic Allen or Caroline Mulroney, they all were supporting a platform that would have taken billions of dollars out of public sector workers".

After a freakish leadership convention, former Toronto Coun.

Michael Ford, Toronto city councillor and nephew of leadership candidate Doug Ford, said Saturday morning he and scrutineers from the three other campaigns entered a room with as many as 10 paper ballot counting machines.

"Do not let the let the small differences that are inevitable in a leadership campaign distract us from our shared goal". But no one was there when all the wrangling was over.

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Can anybody trust these machines anymore? "We knew it was going to be a close race but we didn't expect it to be that close". Double check all the ballots and make sure everything is on the up and up.

Saturday's delay in announcing a victor was the latest in a long list of challenges that have plagued the party since Brown's departure. And it appears that announcement would have came with a different leader.

Gone are the days when after a first ballot, candidates would go around negotiating with delegates in other camps to try and woo their support, adding to the drama and the excitement of a leadership race.

"These numbers represent an all-time high for the PC party".

"Win or lose, they've got to investigate this". Brown has denied the allegations.

After almost 15 years as the province's Official Opposition, the Tories hope their new leader will unite the party in time to defeat Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government.

William Coleman, a staunch Ford supporter, said he was angry at the party's handling of what should have been a turning point and anxious the delays and confusion over who won could affect the party's image at a time when it is striving to appear united and authoritative.

With that in mind, Mainstreet did 1,000 simulations of the vote using all the responses and found Elliott winning 53 per cent of the time to Ford's 47 per cent.

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

In the end, the party announced Ford as the person it wanted to challenge Wynne.

For most of the afternoon confusion reigned at the leadership event.



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