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Canada Christine Elliott meets new Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford, gives him her support

00:30  12 march  2018
00:30  12 march  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Christine Elliott is conceding defeat to Doug Ford , congratulating the new Ontario PC leader and promising to run for the party in the June provincial election.

Christine Elliott is meeting Doug Ford with the intention to throw her support to him and abandon any legal challenge to the results of the Ontario PC leadership race, CBC News has learned.

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Christine Elliott met Doug Ford on Sunday afternoon, threw her support to him and abandoned any legal challenge to the results of the Ontario PC leadership race, CBC News has learned.

Christine Elliott met Doug Ford on Sunday afternoon, threw her support to him and abandoned any legal challenge to the results of the Ontario PC leadership race, CBC News has learned.

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Christine Elliott met Doug Ford on Sunday, threw her support to him and abandoned any legal challenge to the results of the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race, CBC News has learned.

Two sources with direct knowledge told CBC News that Elliott initiated the meeting with Ford, signalling that she is accepting Ford's victory. 

"Christine is choosing not to challenge this," said a senior official on the Elliott campaign. "Christine and the team were unanimous that this was the right way forward. The name of the game is unifying the party." 

Elliott's campaign cast doubt on the result in the hours after Ford was declared the winner by party officials on Saturday night, citing "serious irregularities" in the voting.

While the Elliott official said her campaign has a good case, the only recourse would be to go to court, and that is not something Elliott or her team want to do with the party facing an election in June. 

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Jaime Watt, who has orchestrated communication strategies behind elections across Canada, is writing a three-part series advising each of the main provincial party leaders on their best path to winning a majority government on June 7. This is Part 1.It would be difficult to find a single Ontarian who even casually follows politics who is not familiar with the many challenges Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party has faced in the past couple of months. The twists and turns and drama are unlike anything the province has seen before.

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