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.”
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.
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) March 11, 2018
If we’re sticking with the facts only: Doug Ford launched a campaign from a basement, and is now the leader of the PC party — he literally started from the bottom, now he’s here.
— Elamin Abdelmahmoud (@elamin88) March 11, 2018
I would not have voted for Doug Ford but like all new leaders he deserves to be judged on what he does now as a leader. Unfortunately he will instead be media demonized and made into Canada’s “Donald Trump”.
— Bill Brasky (@Polkameister) March 11, 2018
I’ve said this from the very start of this race — underestimate Doug Ford at your peril. He will hold rural Ontario, he will translate in the north, he will terrify Liberals in Scarborough, Etobicoke and other parts of the 416. If he can fight 905 women to a draw, he wins big.
— Jason Lietaer (@jasonlietaer) March 11, 2018
Why am I passionately supporting Doug Ford and the PC Party?
I am sick of seeing waste in healthcare spending ultimately being paid out in human suffering.
After 14 years of Liberal rule, The situation is only getting worse.
IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE!#Onpoli #Onhealth @fordnation pic.twitter.com/ARI3sBrAVc
— David Jacobs (@DrJacobsRad) March 11, 2018
— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) March 11, 2018
Make no mistake. Doug Ford is not his brother Rob. He’s a far more disciplined politician. Tonight he won the PC party leadership and now has a good chance of becoming premier. #onpoli #pcpoldr #cdnpoli
— Rosa Hwang (@journorosa) March 11, 2018
When Doug was talking at a gathering that I attended he started talking about competence and decision making. His point was, you ask the FARMER what the farm industry needs from government, you don’t TELL them what they need.
Doug Ford gets it.@fordnation #Onpoli @OntarioPCParty pic.twitter.com/U6omUPalaT
— David Jacobs (@DrJacobsRad) March 11, 2018
Congratulations to new @OntarioPCParty Leader Doug Ford, @fordnation. Time for our party to unite and move forward with the common goal of defeating Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal Government. #PCPOldr #PCPO
— Rod Phillips (@RodPhillips01) March 11, 2018
Don’t take Doug Ford lightly. He carries a convincing argument that the Wynne Liberals are corrupt, it’s time for change after 15 years.
Horwath needs to be pushing a bright bold future and that she is the only leader that can deliver.
And don’t tell Ford voters they’re stupid
— Rick Barnes (@queerthoughts) March 11, 2018
Many made sure to highlight Ford’s flaws, comparing his views to the likes of US President Donald Trump.
— Kathleen Smith (@KikkiPlanet) March 11, 2018
Here is an image of Canada being smug about our politics and then electing Doug Ford as PC party leader. pic.twitter.com/s0AKojlMOi
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) March 11, 2018
Doug Ford and Donald Trump walk into a bar to discuss NAFTA…
— robyndoolittle (@robyndoolittle) March 11, 2018
— Andrew Tumilty (@AndrewTumilty) March 11, 2018
The good news is: Once the corrupt PC executive stops running cover for their whiny loser friends and just admit who won — Doug Ford will clean house (illegitimate voting system included) & energize the electorate beyond recollection of this disasterous night. #pcpo #pcpoldr
— ☩ Faith J Goldy ☩ 🇨🇦 (@FaithGoldy) March 11, 2018
Let it sink in. Doug Ford, closest advisor to Rob Ford during a mayoral term that made gloal headlines for chaos and drug abuse, is leader of the poll-leading Ontario PC party and will soon fight to become premier of Canada’s most populous province.
— David Rider (@dmrider) March 11, 2018
Doug Ford makes Trump look like Ghandi. He is a bad man. A bully and can’t be trusted to run the province. The @OntarioPCParty just lost my vote.
— Jim Lang (@JimLangSports) March 11, 2018
Tonight, Doug Ford was named the leader of the Ontario PC party.
Tomorrow, liberals start calling him the following.
— 🇺🇸 Right🇨🇦Wing🇨🇦Rebel🇺🇸 (@RightW1ngRebel) March 11, 2018
CALL THE POLICE!
Doug Ford is literally guilty of beating 3 women in public!
— 🇨🇦Ronny Cameron (@RonnyCameron86) March 11, 2018
We’ll have time to sort out which is the bigger joke; Doug Ford or the party he now leads.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) March 11, 2018
Nobody should be smug about Doug Ford. He’s an enemy of working people, of climate justice, of equity. He’s a phoney anti-elitist, whose reactionary politics poses a threat to the gains that people have won over the years through struggle #PCPO #onpoli
— Joel Harden (@JoelHardenONDP) March 11, 2018
— Pax Canadiana (@IronRoadRunnin) March 11, 2018
Ford will now lead the Ontario PC Party to unseat Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne in the provincial election on June 7.