Rallying around Ford
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.