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Twitter reacts to Doug Ford winning Ontario PC Party leadership

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Ainsley Smith Mar 11, 2018 10:53 am 1,293

The battle for leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party came to an end Saturday evening this morning when Doug Ford was officially named the party’s new leader.

Ford beat former provincial legislator Christine Elliott, with Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney coming in third, while social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen finished last.

“Tonight we took the first step in defeating Kathleen Wynne. The people of Ontario want the Ontario Liberals gone and they deserve nothing less,” said Ford in his victory speech.

“Tonight is a clear sign that there are a lot of work ahead of us. We have a lot more work to do before the next campaign. We have a lot to do in a very short amount of time. But I promise you this: I will get our party back on track.”

Ford replaces Patrick Brown as leader after he abruptly resigned in late January amid sexual misconduct allegations, which he continues to deny.

Following Ford’s win, Twitter continues to churn out reactions. And while most of the province seems hopeful and optimistic, the tweets have two decidedly different tones.

Many made sure to highlight Ford’s flaws, comparing his views to the likes of US President Donald Trump.

Ford will now lead the Ontario PC Party to unseat Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne in the provincial election on June 7.

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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