(Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford was elected the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives on Saturday. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Announcement of Ford’s win was delayed by more than 7 hours

By Lucas Powers,

CBC News

March 10, 2018

Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford will take the Ontario Progressives into the spring election as the party’s new leader.

Ford won on the third ballot of preferential voting. His win was revealed after a chaotic day that included members being sent home from the Markham, Ont., convention hall as the party worked to resolve an issue regarding some key ballots.

Caroline Mulroney and Tanya Granic Allen, both Ford’s rivals in the race, were on hand for the official announcement. Christine Elliott, a former MPP and three-time leadership candidate, finished second in the voting. She was not in the room for Ford’s statement.

Ford thanked his supporters and his family, including his brother Rob Ford, the former mayor of Toronto and his brother’s closest confidant until his death in 2016.

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