Doug Ford among the favorites to lead the conservatives in ontario

News 26 January, 2018
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    Friday, 26 January, 2018 13:16

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    OTTAWA – Doug Ford is among the most popular candidates to replace the former leader of the conservative Party of ontario Patrick Brown, who resigned Thursday in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct.

    According to a survey from the firm Forum Research, the brother of Rob Ford, former mayor, controversial of Toronto, is regarded as the best successor of Mr. Brown by 11 % of the electorate. The former city councillor is only surpassed by Christine Elliott (12 %), ex-conservative member of parliament at Queen’s Park, and widow of the former canadian minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty.

    The two potential candidates come top of a list that includes, among others, Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former prime minister of Canada Brian Mulroney, the conservative mps in the federal Tony Clement and Lisa Raitt, as well as John Tory, the current mayor of Toronto.

    Doug Ford still has not made whether it would be in a race to the chiefdom. He had refused to do so in 2014, supporting Christine Elliott.

    First, despite the controversy

    Rocked by the sexual scandal, the conservative Party of ontario, nevertheless, remains in the lead in voting intentions.

    If an election were held today in Ontario, 42 % of voters would vote for the conservatives, notes the stroke of the probe conducted Thursday.

    The liberals and new democrats follow with 27 % and 23 % of support, respectively.

    The survey also notes that the resignation of Patrick Brown could attract more voters to his former training. A little over one in five (22 %) says he is more inclined to vote conservative now that the chef left.

    Not less than 60 % of people surveyed approve of the decision of Mr. Brown.

    The poll by Forum Research was conducted for the telephone survey of 751 voters. It is considered to be reliable to within plus or minus 4 %, 19 times out of 20.