Toronto, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): Doug Ford, former Toronto city councilor had been elected Saturday as the new Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) party leader in the third ballot of preferential voting. media reports said.
Ford had reportedly defeated Christine Elliot, confirmed his party president Jag Badwal.
Reportedly thanking his supporters and his family, including his brother and former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who died in 2016 Ford said,
"I will get our party back on track. To the people of Ontario, I say, 'Relief is on its way.' And to Kathleen Wynne I say, 'Your days as premier are numbered,'" Ford was reported to state and added,
"To the people of Ontario....I say relief is on its way....And to Kathleen Wynne I say....Your days as Premier are numbered."
Toronto Mayor John Tory congratulating Ford on his victory on Saturday said: "will be reaching out to Mr. Ford to arrange a meeting to discuss Toronto's needs."
Ford delivered his acceptance speech on Mar 10 reportedly as the new leader of the PC party of Ontario.
The runner-up Elliott said that she won't concede and that there were "serious irregularities" in the race.
In her statement, Elliott said that thousands of PC members were assigned to incorrect riding and that she won the popular vote.
"I will stand up for these members and plan to investigate the extent of this discrepancy," Elliot was reported to state.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)