Romano said that to the party, Ford is, in fact, the leader. "At the end of the day, Doug Ford was selected as the victor by a legitimate process that they already had established and we're looking forward to the campaign in May into June because there's no question in my mind that Ontario wants a change and we're going to present that change".
Doug Ford is the new leader of the Ontario PC Party after a dramatic and rushed campaign to replace Patrick Brown, who resigned just six and a half weeks ago over sexual misconduct allegations.
"While we were opponents for a few short days, today we are standing together, united with one goal: defeating the politically corrupt Wynne Liberals and giving relief to the everyday people Kathleen Wynne has left behind".
"Doug Ford and I disagree on a lot of things, that's a reality, that's not news to anyone".
"The results are not what we had expected and it took longer to get there than what we anticipated", Romano, who was in Markham at the convention, said.
Bob Bailey, on CHOK's The Talk Show with Sue Storr Monday morning, deflected opposition criticism about Ford's past including drug allegations in the 1980s. Brown's departure - including his brief entry into the race to fill his spot - little went smoothly for the Conservatives on Saturday. "Thousands of members have been assigned to incorrect ridings.
Kathleen Wynne's a very bright person", Ford said.
Vincent Samuel, who helped organized the Ford campaign in Hamilton, said he was "disappointed" at how the entire leadership vote was handled. "I don't think it really changes anything until we see the party platforms and we get closer to the election", said Joey Mack, Toronto-based director of fixed income at GMP Securities LP.
"I would like to congratulate our new Ontario PC Party Leader, Doug Ford, for his election yesterday". But Elliott can challenge that through the courts if she chooses.
"Because the race was so close, and a relative handful of disputed ballots could have changed the results if they were attributed to the wrong riding, a careful review was needed to ensure Ford had actually won".
He said it is too early to tell what kind of impact Ford's election as leader will have on the local campaign. I look forward to her being part of our team.
Western University political science professor Cristine de Clercy said it's hard to say just where Ford will take the Tories when it comes to policy, but noted that his populism could pose a problem for his rivals.
Responding to the leadership results, Wynne said regardless of which candidate was chosen to be the next leader of the Ontario PC Party, the result would have been the same.
But in spite of Elliott's concession, uniting the party and making it appeal to a range of voters may prove a daunting task for Ford given his brash, often confrontational approach, which he displayed in his brief career in municipal politics and again in his leadership campaign, said Myer Siemiatycki, a political science professor at Toronto's Ryerson University.
Ontario PC Leader candidate, mother of 4, Tanya Granic Allen's dream of rooting out all of Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne's wind turbines blighting the Ontario landscape, may be realized at long last. The Tories haven't held power since Wynne's predecessor Dalton McGuinty defeated former Premier Ernie Eves in 2003.
"We have them back on side and people are frustrated".