The announcement came after 10 p.m. last night after lots of delays that Doug Ford will become the new PC party leader.
Party President Jag Badwal announced the results seven hours later than they were originally scheduled, saying Ford had narrowly won over former provincial legislator Christine Elliott on the third ballot. Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney placed third and social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen finished last.
“I am so grateful for the support and the confidence of the PC members,” Ford said after the results. “We’re going to spend the coming weeks getting the party in fighting shape, because the people of this province are ready for change.”
Below, Ford’s acceptance speech:
More than 64,000 votes were cast in the hastily organized leadership race. The contest was launched in late January after former leader Patrick Brown resigned abruptly amid allegations of sexual misconduct that he has consistently denied.
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