Doug Ford New leader of Ontario conservative Party -but party divided

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Doug Ford New leader of Ontario conservative Party -but party divided – Christine Elliot does not accept her defeat .Doug Ford says Kathleen Wynne’s ‘days are numbered’ in 1st appearance as Ontario PC Party Leader
By Jessica Patton Global News
WATCH: After narrowly winning on Saturday, the new leader of the Ontario PC Party Doug Ford walked the St. Patrick’s Day parade route in Toronto.

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Hours after being named the new Ontario PC Party leader, Doug Ford says he is focused on defeating Kathleen Wynne and only wishes rival Christine Elliot the best, despite the candidate voicing concern over irregularities in the voting.

Ford made his first public appearance, at Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, since being announced as leader. He was all smiles as he walked along Bloor Street shaking hands with parade-goers, many congratulating him on his win.

Ford was announced as leader late Saturday night, seven hours later than the winner was originally scheduled to be heard at a convention centre in Markham, Ont. Party President Jag Badwal said Ford narrowly eked out the win over former provincial legislator Christine Elliott on the third ballot. Elliott finished 153 points behind Ford on the final ballot.

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Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney placed third, while social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen finished last.

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