Published: Mon, March 12, 2018

Christine Elliott promised PCs unity, but refuses to unite behind Doug Ford

Christine Elliott promised PCs unity, but refuses to unite behind Doug Ford

Hours before Elliott released her statement, Ford told reporters he had yet to speak with Elliott after the party made his results official but had nothing but praise for his colleague.

Elliott, who has run for the party's leadership three times, extolled her significant political experience compared to the rest of the pack.

January 26: The PC caucus names Tory legislator Vic Fedeli as interim leader. The caucus further recommends that Fedeli carry the party through to the province's spring election, but the party executive announces a leadership contest will be held instead, with a victor to be announced March 10.

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.

Ford entered the leadership race with a high degree of name recognition thanks mostly to his status as the brother of Rob Ford, the late scandal-plagued former mayor of Toronto.

"At the end of the day, it's all about the giving the right to vote to people who are denied the right to vote", Nunziata said.

Brown's departure - including his brief entry into the race to fill his spot - little went smoothly for the Conservatives on Saturday.

"It's the Ford party -out of touch, turning its back on its own moderate members & in constant turmoil".

February 21: Brown's quest to regain the Tory leadership is given the green light after the party nomination committee gives him a stamp of approval for a run in the spring election.

McNaughton, who co-chaired candidate Caroline Mulroney's campaign, says she still has a chance of being an MPP.

Each of the four candidates were allowed to send as many as 14 scrutineers to review the results.

Some tried without luck to convince a judge to extend voting by a week in a last-minute pitch for an injunction.

Lefton also defended the party's leadership voting system, saying that "we have the utmost confidence in its security and integrity".

March 8: Ongoing challenges with mailing registration papers to party members leads to significant backlash on several fronts. Elliott wrote in an email to party members that was obtained by The Daily Caller.

Doug Ford's victory was announced after 10 p.m., without any of the pomp and fanfare that was expected earlier in the day when hundreds packed a hall expecting to celebrate the start of a new and more positive chapter in party history.

"There's a review underway of an allocation of a certain list of electors that needs to be resolved because it may have an impact on electoral votes", Hartley Lefton said, his words increasingly drowned out by jeers and boos.

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