Doug Ford attends the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership announcement in Markham, Ontario on Saturday. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Doug Ford new leader of Ontario’s PC party

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Doug Ford is the new leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party following a divisive leadership campaign that resulted finally, in his victory.

Doug Ford, 53, is the older brother of Toronto’s notorious former mayor, Rob Ford.

He is a businessman who served on Toronto City Council from 2010 to 2014, while his brother was mayor.

Their father established the path into politics as a member of Ontario’s provincial parliament (MPP) from 1995 to 1999.

Doug Ford (right) with Christine Elliott who conceded defeat on Sunday after initially disputing the results announced late Saturday, alleging ‘serious irregularities’ in the voting. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Like his brother, Doug Ford is parlaying a populist message of bringing down “elites”, promising to cut taxes, lower electricity rates, and taking on the federal government over programs such as the proposed carbon tax.

He is hitting the ground running as the province faces an election in June.

The Progressive Conservatives are leading the ruling Liberal party in the polls, but the divisions within the party still need healing.

It all began with allegations of sexual misconduct against former PC party leader, Patrick Brown, in late January.

Brown vehemently denies the allegations and ultimately stepped down to concentrate on clearing his name.

In the meantime, he remains the MPP for Simcoe North.

The other candidates Ford faced in this leadership contest were all well-connected: Christine Elliott is the widow of former conservative finance minister, Jim Flaherty, who died in 2014.

Caroline Mulroney is the daughter of former Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney.

Tanya Granic Allen, the fourth candidate, a strong social conservative, was widely seen as a one-issue candidate, promising to abolish Ontario’s sex education curriculum.

Now Doug Ford faces current Premier, Kathleen Wynne of the Liberal Party, and New Democratic Party leader, Andrea Horwath.

The provincial election takes place Thursday June 7th, 2018.

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3 comments on “Doug Ford new leader of Ontario’s PC party
  1. Geoffrey Johnston says:

    The Ontario Government does not comply with the Canada Health Act. They do not pay the same rate for health services for travelling Ontarian’s while out of Province, as they would have paid if they were in the provence. This now causes travellers to buy there own expensive health insurance, this has caused seniors to stop taking vacations out of their Province.

    A fue years ago a pregnant lady from Alberta was visiting in Ontario; she had problems and had to give birth to the child. She had problems with paying the costs of the birth and I believe OHIP ended up paying for the hospital bill. I’m sure you would be able to look up the news cast CFTO had on the mater.

    I don’t think the Canadian Federal Government has ever put pressure on the Provincial Governments to comply with the Canadian Health Act.

    The following is regarding The Canada Health Act;

    Regards,

    Geoff Johnston

    Ontario’s practice for reimbursing Canadians for emergency health services while abroad or out of province, contravenes sub-paragraph 11(1)b)(ii) of the Canada Health Act.
    Emergency in-patient hospital services eligible for OHIP coverage will be paid up to a maximum of $400.00 per day for complex hospital care. “Complex” is defined as care that takes place in a coronary care unit, intensive care unit, neonatal or paediatric special care unit or the operating room of an eligible hospital or health facility.
    For less intensive emergency in-patient services Ontario reimburses travellers up to $200.00 per day.
    Both these rates are well below the rate of $851.00 provided for in-patients hospital services received within the province.
    Emergency out- patient services will be paid to a maximum of $50.00 for all out-patient services on any one day. Fifty dollars per day is below the average paid

  2. Al Mathias says:

    What is Doug’s email address that we can write to?

    • Irma Cohen says:

      A LHIN (local health integration network) is supposed to spend a big chunk of its budget providing home care (Personal support services/support) to people to keep them out of institutions (nursing homes, hospitals, etc.) People with high assessment test scores should get more hours to reflect their greater needs. But do they? We have heard lots of stories that people with minimal needs get lots of hours while those with great need get little. The Champlain LHIN (serving Ottawa area) has no audited statistics/data to show the correlation/relationship between need (test scores) and hours of personal support service. What proof do they have that they are spending their budgets in the best interests of their clients? They need to generate those stats/data & make them public. The LHIN is very secretive and dictatorial. Please look into this matter.