While Elliott's campaign team met with lawyers on Sunday, Ford spent the day doing what he does best - meeting and greeting the man on the street. The party said it was aware of those concerns and twice pushed back the deadline for party members to register for the vote.

Lisa Thompson says Hartley Lefton, who heads up the Progressive Conservative party's leadership election organizing committee, will address the crowd later in the evening.

Romano said Ford had a strong following and believes he will be an effective leader.

Each of the four candidates are allowed to send as many as 14 scrutineers to review the results.


Ford, a former city councillor and older brother of late former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, was declared the victor at Saturday's convention in Markham after a seven-and-a-half hour delay.

Mayor Rob Ford (right) and brother Doug Ford at City Hall Council Chambers in Toronto, Ont. on February 19, 2014.

"They all want to cut", she said. He appealed to social conservatives by pledging to review the school sex education curriculum and complained that teenage girls wanting abortions don't have to get written permission from their parents.

"When he was in Sault Ste".

"We were encouraged to see the decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice today which validates our election process", she said. "He was not the typical establishment (politician) and wanted to show he was not that typical establishment".

William Coleman, a staunch Ford supporter, said he was angry at the party's handling of what should have been a turning point and anxious the delays and confusion over who won could affect the party's image at a time when it is striving to appear united and authoritative. "Thousands of members have been assigned to incorrect ridings".


The dispute of who won centred around the postal codes of around 1,300 ballots, which could have affected the complicated riding points system the Tories use to elect their leaders.

"The pace of this Ontario PC leadership race has been rapid and there have been a number of unexpected turns along the way", Elliott said in a statement released at around 8 p.m.

February 28: The party extends the deadline for members to register to cast a vote amid rising complaints that the necessary documents were not reaching people on time.

A total of 44,188 ballots were cast in the previous record of 2002.

Background: The current leadership race began when Patrick Brown the Simcoe North MPP resigned in January following allegations of sexual misconduct from two women.

February 11: Brown publishes the first of several Facebook posts in which he vows to clear his name and questions the credibility of the women who brought allegations against him. Brown backed out of the race about 10 days later, saying it was too hard to work at clearing his name and running a leadership campaign at the same time.


Brannan said the longer the party waits to select a new leader, the greater the danger it suffers "irreparable harm", scuttling chances for the Tories to win the June 7 election.

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