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3/12/2018 11:31:38 AM

Doug Ford -- the brother of Toronto's late scandal-plagued mayor Rob Ford -- is the new leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives.
The announcement finally came late Sunday after a seven hour delay as party officials reviewed the results of the vote.

Ford becomes the leader of Ontario's official opposition and will lead the charge to unseat Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne in the June 7th election.
He defeated Christine Elliott, Caroline Mulroney and Tanya Granic Allen to replace Patrick Brown as leader after he abruptly resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations, which that he denies.
Brown tweeted his congratulations to Ford as his successor served notice to Wynne that her days as premier ``are numbered.''

The governing Liberals were quick to denounce Doug Ford's victory in the P-C leadership race.
Liberal campaign co-chair Deb Matthews warned that -- quote -- ``The Conservative party is going into this election with more radically conservative policies than Mike Harris, Tim Hudak or Stephen Harper ever ran on.''
Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek had endorsed Caroline Mulroney for the PC leadership.

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