Judge Says No To Extending Ontario PC Leadership Vote

Nellie Chapman
March 10, 2018

Ford says this race is about the grassroots people within the Progressive Conservative party.

Radnoff told CBC News he was not acting for any of the leadership contenders.

The former Toronto city councillor made the comments just hours before news broke that an injunction to extend the voting deadline would be heard in court Friday morning.

When asked whether he will approve Brown's candidacy, Ford says he will decide when they cross that bridge.

The party ruled against prolonging the race late Wednesday, saying that would contravene its constitution, and instead chose to push back the registration deadline to Thursday night and let members vote until noon Friday.

If they received their voter pin on time they could vote in the online ranked ballot. "It's not even close". "Now, we've got to move forward", Mulroney told CP24. "If they want to drag it out for another week, I'm all in favour of it".

Leadership candidate and Toronto businessman Doug Ford has led the charge to extend voting, calling the process corrupt, unfair and biased toward Christine Elliott, his chief rival in the race. "I am a great believer of following process before you run to the courts". "I'd rather win or lose based on everyone voting than having 25 per cent of our membership vote".

Only front-runner Christine Elliott opposed the delay.

Ford's stop in Barrie was in a newly formed riding where former leader Patrick Brown was selected as the PC candidate.

"Clearly, a significant number of members of the party, including the applicant, have been deprived of their right to vote as guaranteed in the party's constitution", Radnoff wrote in an email.

"While there were challenges with our mail delivery, and some members were unable to participate fully in this election, the metrics are very strong: almost 70,000 members have verified their membership already, and well over 44,000 have already voted", the committee said.

The party decided against prolonging the race late Wednesday, saying that doing so would contravene its constitution.

"If Christine Elliott starts at 40 per cent (on the first ballot) it is nearly for sure she wins but if Ford is at 37 per cent, he can maybe catch her", Maggi told CP24.

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"Whoever came up with this (process), it's absolutely awful for the people", Ford said in Barrie.

"Doug Ford can say this is a grassroots application ... but Ford's campaign is all over this", said a Conservative source.

One of the strangest, least predictable leadership races in recent Canadian political history came to a fractious climax Friday at a court hearing that called into question the legitimacy of the whole process.

The two sides wrangled over whether the complainants should have first gone through internal party processes, exhausting those before turning to the courts.

"We were encouraged to see the decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice today which validates our election process".

Asked about the prospect of a court challenge, Tory legislator Todd Smith said he hoped it wouldn't come to that. "There's a principle of separation of powers between judicial branch and the partisan political process".

Christine Elliott was the only leadership candidate who did not put her support behind the proposal, which was rejected by the party on Wednesday night.

A judge is expected to hand down that decision at 5 PM Friday afternoon.

Caroline Mulroney during the PC leadership debate at TVO studios in Toronto on February 15, 2018.

"That's an important number", she said.

"It is clear that there were problems with the distribution of the PINs and this is something that I will be looking into when I am elected Leader", she added.

The request for an injunction was made on behalf of Christopher Arsenault. "His representatives at [the Leadership Election Organizing Committee] have sat silently in our meetings for days, never bringing up such issues". She acknowledged that the online system wasn't ideal but added that no system to select a leader ever is. Granic Allen said she would continue to call for the voting deadline to be postponed.

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