Ral­ly­ing around Ford

The Glengarry News - - News -

Con­ser­va­tives are ral­ly­ing around the new leader of the On­tario PC Party, even though Doug Ford was not the first choice of many area To­ries.

Chris­tine El­liott, who lost to Mr. Ford by a mar­gin of 6,202 to 6,049 on the third bal­lot, had ear­lier been en­dorsed by Stor­mont-Dun­das-South Glen­garry MPP Jim McDonell and Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell can­di­date Amanda Si­mard.

But once the re­sult had been con­firmed, they were clos­ing ranks be­hind the man they hope will be­come the new Premier June 7.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to our new leader and next Premier Doug @ford­na­tion. It's time to rally around PC Leader Doug Ford and de­feat Kath­leen Wynne,” Mr. McDonell tweeted Sun­day.

Like­wise, Ms. Si­mard con­grat­u­lated Mr. Ford, vow­ing to tire­lessly work to de­feat Kath­leen Wynne and the Lib­er­als. To­gether, we will bring pos­i­tive change to On­tario,” she tweeted.

The Lib­er­als and New Democrats say Mr. Ford is a step back­wards.

“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.

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