Ontario Progressive Conservative party members rejected moderate, experienced leadership and instead decided to put their faith in a right-wing populist by electing Doug Ford as their leader on the third ballot Saturday.
After one of the shortest leadership contests in Ontario history, featuring just two debates, party members cast their votes in a complicated electoral points system that resulted in Christine Elliott winning the popular vote and Ford winning the most points, similar to the Trump-Clinton election in the U.S. The debacle surrounding the announcement of the winner only added confusion.
Ford, the only male in the race to succeed former leader Patrick Brown, inherits a party that is deeply divided. The progressive side that was making inroads to broaden the party’s appeal under Brown has been swept aside.
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