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Caroline Mulroney, Christine Elliott to both run for Ontario PC Party leadership

The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Feb 2nd, 2018

Ontario Progressive Conservative party leadership candidate Christine Elliott is photographed in her office at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, April 13, 2015. Progressive Conservatives across Ontario have a second and final chance today to vote for their new party leader, with the winner to be announced on Saturday. It's a two-person battle between deputy PC leader Elliott, the widow of former finance minister Jim Flaherty, and Barrie MP Patrick Brown, a federal Conservative backbencher.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Two new candidates will be vying for the Ontario PC Party leadership.

Campaign sources tell CityNews Caroline Mulroney will announce in the coming days that she’s running.

Christine Elliott has also thrown her hat in the ring. She tweeted “I’m in!” on Thursday.

Elliott, the widow of late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty, has run twice unsuccessfully for the Tory leadership, once in 2009 when she lost to Tim Hudak, and again in 2015, when she came second to Brown.

She currently serves as Ontario’s non-partisan patient ombudsman.

Earlier this week Doug Ford announced that he would also take a shot at the leadership.

“I can’t watch the party I love fall into the hands of the elite,” Ford said while announcing his candidacy.

“I’m here to give a voice to the hard-working taxpayers of this province. People who have been ignored for far too long.”

A Forum research poll released last Friday found that Ford and Elliot were favourites to replace former PC Leader Patrick Brown, who stepped down amid sexual misconduct allegations.

The Tories picked Vic Fedeli as interim leader, but will pick a permanent replacement in March.

Toronto Mayor John Tory’s name has also been mentioned when it comes to potential candidates to head the provincial PCs.

 

 

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