Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leadership election, 2015

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Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leadership election, 2015

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  Patrick Brown 2.jpg Christine Elliott (cropped).jpg
Candidate Patrick Brown Christine Elliott
Riding Barrie
(Federal)
Whitby—Oshawa
Points allocated 6,543 4,040
Percentage 61.8% 38.2%

Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leadership Election 2015 - Results by Riding.svg
Results by Ontario electoral district

Leader before election

Jim Wilson (interim)

Elected Leader

Patrick Brown

Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leadership election, 2015
Date May 9, 2015
Convention Toronto Congress Centre
Resigning leader Tim Hudak
Won by Patrick Brown
Ballots 1
Candidates 2
Entrance Fee $75,000 fee + $25,000 deposit
Spending limit $1.25 million

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The 2015 Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leadership election was held on May 9, 2015, as a result of the resignation of Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak following the provincial election on June 12, 2014, his second loss in a row as party leader. Patrick Brown won the leadership with 61.8% of votes allocated, defeating Christine Elliott who had 38.2%.

Rules and procedure[edit]

The party's 76,587 members[1] were eligible to cast votes by preferential ballot. The vote will be weighted so that each of the province's 107 ridings that has more than 100 votes cast are allocated 100 electoral votes;[2] ridings in which fewer than 100 party members vote will not be weighted, but will instead have the votes counted as individual votes.[3] If at least 100 members votes in each riding the number of electoral college votes needed to win will be 5,351.[1] The registration fee was $75,000 plus a refundable deposit of $25,000[3] and the spending limit was $1.25 million.[4] 20% of money raised by candidates after the first $100,000 will be transferred to the PC Ontario Fund.[4] The lowest ranked candidate will be dropped from the next round as ballots are counted, and the first candidate to get 50 per cent of the votes will be declared the new leader.[4]

Timeline[edit]

  • June 12, 2014: General election results in the incumbent Liberals, led by Kathleen Wynne, being re-elected with a majority government and the Progressive Conservatives losing 9 seats. Party leader Tim Hudak announces his intention to resign as leader following the selection of his successor.
  • June 16, 2014: Progressive Conservative caucus meets with a majority of MPPs asking Hudak to resign immediately.[5][6]
  • June 18, 2014: Hudak announces to the Progressive Conservative caucus that he will resign effective July 2, 2014.
  • June 25, 2014: Christine Elliott announces her bid for the leadership of the Ontario PC Party.
  • July 2, 2014: Ontario legislature convenes; Hudak's resignation will take effect; Progressive Conservative caucus chooses Jim Wilson as interim leader.[5][6]
  • July 5, 2014: The Progressive Conservative executive met to discuss the leadership and appointed a committee to consult the party membership and then draft recommendations for leadership campaign rules and propose a date for the election.[5][6][7][8]
  • Early August 2014: Party committee reports back to the executive with its proposals.[8]
  • August 9, 2014: Party executive announces that the leadership election will occur no earlier than April 1, 2015 and no later than May 31, 2015. The planning committee is given an additional six weeks to consult with party members on the rules of the election.[9]
  • September 17, 2014: Monte McNaughton declares his candidacy.
  • September 21, 2014: Planning committee reports back to executive.[9]
  • September 24, 2014: Vic Fedeli declares his candidacy.
  • September 28, 2014: Patrick Brown declares his candidacy.
  • October 6, 2014: Lisa MacLeod declares her candidacy.
  • November 8, 2014: Official campaign period begins.[3]
  • November 24, 2014: All-candidates debate in Sudbury.[10]
  • January 26, 2015: All-candidates debate in London.[10]
  • January 30, 2015 at 12 pm: Deadline for candidates to file nomination papers and pay first installment of $75,000 registration fee and $25,000 deposit.[3][4]
  • February 4, 2015: Fedeli withdraws from contest.
  • February 6, 2015: MacLeod withdraws; final non-refundable $50,000 installment of candidate entry fee is due.[11]
  • February 11, 2015: All-candidates debate in Ottawa.[10]
  • February 28, 2015: Date by which one must become a member of the party and be eligible to vote in the leadership election.[2][4]
  • April 9, 2015: McNaughton withdraws; endorses Brown.[12]
  • May 1, 2015: Televised debate on TVO in Toronto
  • May 3 & 7, 2015: Members cast preferential ballot for leader.[2]
  • May 8–9, 2015: Ballots counted.[1]
  • May 9, 2015: Results announced, riding by riding, between 10 am and noon at the Toronto Congress Centre.[1][2]

Interim leadership[edit]

The following MPPs stood in the July 2, 2014, election by caucus to be interim leader of the party until the leadership election for a permanent leader is held:

  • Randy Hillier (Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington), MPP since 2007, variously Opposition Critic for Labour, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Rural Affairs, and Northern Development, Mines and Forestry.[13]
  • Jim Wilson (Simcoe—Grey), MPP since 1990, Opposition House Leader (2011–2014), previously Minister of Health (1995–1997), Minister of Energy, Science & Technology (1997–2002), Minister of Northern Development and Mines (2002–2003), Minister of Environment (2003).[13]
  • John Yakabuski (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke), MPP since 2003, has served as Chief Opposition Whip (2011–2014), Opposition House Leader (2010–2011) and variously Opposition Critic for Community Safety and Energy.[13]

Jim Wilson was elected by caucus to be interim leader and also assumed the position of Leader of the Opposition. Vote totals were not released.[14]

Declared candidates[edit]

Patrick Brown[edit]

Background

Federal Conservative Party MP for Barrie (2006–2015), Barrie City Councillor (2000–2006), President of the Progressive Conservative Youth Federation (PCYF) (1998–2002). Former vice-president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Lawyer by profession.

Date candidacy declared: September 28, 2014[15]
Supporters

Christine Elliott[edit]

Christine Elliott
Background

MPP since 2006 (Whitby—Ajax (2006–2007), Whitby—Oshawa (2007–2015). Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Critic for Health and Long-Term Care since 2009. Ran in the 2009 leadership election, placing third. Widow of former federal Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty. Prior to entering politics, Elliott was a lawyer who practiced corporate, estate and real estate law.

Date candidacy declared: June 25, 2014[26]
Supporters

Withdrawn[edit]

Vic Fedeli[edit]

Background

MPP for Nipissing (2011–present), Opposition Finance Critic (2013–present), Energy Critic (2011–2013), Finance Critic (2013–Present), Fedeli served as mayor of North Bay, Ontario (2003–2010) for two terms, during which he donated his entire salary to charity. Before entering politics, he ran Fedeli Advertising, which in 1989 was ranked by Profit - the magazine for Small Business as the firm 34th on its list of 50 Best Places to Work in Canada. Fedeli was also recognized as one of Canada's Most Successful Entrepreneurs in an episode of MoneyMakers, hosted by Everett Banning. Additionally, Fedeli served as the dollar-per-year chairman of a non-profit organization in North Bay. Fedeli's campaign is called "OntarioFirst".[34]

Date candidacy declared: September 24, 2014[35]
Date withdrawn: February 4, 2015, endorsed Elliott[36]
Supporters
Support from caucus members: Randy Pettapiece (Perth—Wellington)
Support from federal caucus members: Jay Aspin (Nipissing—Timiskaming)
Support from former provincial caucus members:
Other prominent supporters: Paula Peroni, 2014 Sudbury candidate and Sudbury Catholic District School Board trustee;[37]
Policies

Lisa MacLeod[edit]

Background

MPP for Nepean—Carleton (2006–present), Opposition Treasury Board Critic (2014–present), Energy and Francophone Affairs Critic (2013–2014), Education Critic (2011–2013), Revenue and Government Accountability Critic (2009–2011).

Date candidacy declared: October 6, 2014[38]
Date withdrawn: February 6, 2015, endorsed Elliott[28]
Supporters
Support from caucus members: Steve Clark (Leeds—Grenville), Garfield Dunlop (Simcoe North), Julia Munro (York—Simcoe), Jim McDonell (Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry)
Support from federal caucus members: Senator Bob Runciman, former interim PC Leader and cabinet minister, former MPP for Leeds—Grenville[39]
Support from former provincial caucus members: Norm Sterling (Carleton—Mississippi Mills, Lanark—Carleton, Carleton, 1979–2011)[40]
Other prominent supporters:
Policies:

Monte McNaughton[edit]

Background

MPP for Lambton—Kent—Middlesex (2011–present), Opposition Critic for Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade (2014–present), Labour Critic (2013–2014), Economic Development and Innovation Critic (2011–2013). Prior to entering provincial politics, McNaughton sat on the city council of Newbury and was general manager and co-owner of McNaughton Family Shopping Centre in Newbury. He also served as chair of the Newbury Economic Development Committee and was president of the Strathroy and District Chamber of Commerce in 2009–10.

Date candidacy declared: September 17, 2014[41]
Date withdrawn: April 9, 2015; endorsed Brown.[12]
Supporters
Support from caucus members: Bob Bailey (Sarnia—Lambton)
Supports from federal caucus members:
Supports from former provincial caucus members: Darcy McKeough (Kent West, 1963–1967; Chatham—Kent 1967–1981), Marcel Beaubien, (Lambton then Lambton—Kent—Middlesex, 1995–2003), Andrew Naismith Watson, (Chatham—Kent 1978–1985)[42]
Other prominent supporters: Rob Ford, Toronto city councillor and former mayor (2010–2014)[43]
Policies: Social conservative

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Results announced in Toronto on May 9, 2015

Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leadership Election 2015 - Results by Riding.svg
Ballot Count
Candidate Weighted votes
(sum of percentages in each riding)
Percentage
Patrick Brown 6,543 61.8
Christine Elliott 4,040 38.2
Total 10,583 100

Eligible voters: 76,587; turnout: 49.3%[53]

Riding results[edit]

Toronto
Riding MPP/MP (supported) Brown Elliott Total
Toronto & York
Beaches-East York 54 46 100
Davenport 73 28 100
Eglinton-Lawrence MP: Joe Oliver 28 72 100
Parkdale-High Park 65 35 100
St. Paul's 41 59 100
Toronto Centre 30 70 100
Toronto-Danforth 53 47 100
Trinity-Spadina 39 61 100
Etobicoke
Etobicoke Centre MP: Ted Opitz (Elliott) 47 53 100
Etobicoke-Lakeshore MP: Bernard Trottier (Elliott) 58 42 100
Etobicoke North 77 23 100
North York
Don Valley East MP: Joe Daniel (Brown) 61 39 100
Don Valley West MP: John Carmichael (Elliott) 38 62 100
Willowdale MP: Chungsen Leung 58 42 100
York Centre MP: Mark Adler (Brown) 58 42 100
York South-Weston MP: Mike Sullivan 82 18 100
York West 86 14 100
Scarborough
Scarborough-Agincourt 84 16 100
Scarborough Centre MP: Roxanne James 76 24 100
Scarborough-Guildwood 81 19 100
Scarborough-Rouge River 90 10 100
Scarborough Southwest 72 28 100
905
Riding MPP/MP (supported) Brown Elliott Total
Hamilton & Niagara
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MP: David Sweet (Elliott) 55 45 100
Brant MP: Phil McColeman (Brown) 70 30 100
Haldimand-Norfolk MPP: Toby Barrett (Brown)
MP: Diane Finley
71 29 100
Hamilton Centre 70 30 100
Hamilton East-Stoney Creek 72 28 100
Hamilton Mountain 81 19 100
Niagara Falls MP: Rob Nicholson (Elliott) 43 57 100
Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP: Tim Hudak
MP: Dean Allison (Brown)
64 36 100
St. Catharines MP: Rick Dykstra (Brown) 70 30 100
Welland 68 32 100
Peel & Halton
Bramalea-Gore-Malton MP: Bal Gosal (Brown) 76 24 100
Brampton-Springdale MP: Parm Gill (Brown) 67 33 100
Brampton West MP: Kyle Seeback (Brown) 72 28 100
Mississauga-Brampton South MP: Eve Adams 81 19 100
Mississauga East-Cooksville MP: Wladyslaw Lizon (Brown) 88 12 100
Mississauga-Erindale MP: Bob Dechert 75 25 100
Mississauga South MP: Stella Ambler 48 52 100
Mississauga-Streetsville MP: Brad Butt (Brown) 74 26 100
Burlington MP: Mike Wallace (Elliott) 41 59 100
Halton MP: Lisa Raitt (Elliott) 68 32 100
Oakville MP: Terence Young (Elliott) 44 56 100
York & Simcoe
Markham-Unionville 87 13 100
Newmarket-Aurora MP: Lois Brown 64 36 100
Oak Ridges-Markham MP: Paul Calandra (Brown) 74 26 100
Richmond Hill MP: Costas Menegakis 72 28 100
Thornhill MPP: Gila Martow (Elliott)
MP: Peter Kent (Elliott)
52 48 100
Vaughan 59 41 100
York-Simcoe MPP: Julia Munro (Elliott)
MP: Peter Van Loan
71 29 100
Barrie MP: Patrick Brown (Brown) 89 11 100
Simcoe-Grey MPP: Jim Wilson
MP: Kellie Leitch (Elliott)
65 35 100
Simcoe North MPP: Garfield Dunlop
MP: Bruce Stanton (Elliott)
48 52 100
Durham
Ajax-Pickering MP: Chris Alexander (Elliott) 54 46 100
Durham MP: Erin O'Toole (Elliott) 36 64 100
Oshawa MP: Colin Carrie 48 52 100
Pickering-Scarborough East MP: Corneliu Chisu 66 34 100
Whitby-Oshawa MPP: Christine Elliott (Elliott)
MP: Pat Perkins (Elliott)
27 73 100
Eastern Ontario
Riding MPP/MP (supported) Brown Elliott Total
Ottawa
Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP: Jack MacLaren (Brown)
MP: Gordon O'Connor
68 32 100
Nepean-Carleton MPP: Lisa MacLeod (Elliott)
MP: Pierre Poilievre
62 38 100
Ottawa Centre 56 44 100
Ottawa-Orleans MP: Royal Galipeau (Brown) 69 31 100
Ottawa South 65 35 100
Ottawa-Vanier 60 40 100
Ottawa West-Nepean MP: John Baird (Elliott) 53 47 100
Eastern Ontario
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP: Pierre Lemieux (Brown) 58 42 100
Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP: Laurie Scott (Elliott)
MP: Barry Devolin
29 71 100
Kingston and the Islands 54 46 100
Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington MPP: Randy Hillier
MP: Scott Reid
56 44 100
Leeds-Grenville MPP: Steve Clark (Elliott)
MP: Gord Brown (Brown)
47 53 100
Northumberland-Quinte West MP: Rick Norlock (Elliott) 39 61 100
Peterborough MP: Dean Del Mastro 61 39 100
Prince Edward-Hastings MPP: Todd Smith (Elliott)
MP: Daryl Kramp (Elliott)
33 67 100
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP: John Yakabuski
MP: Cheryl Gallant
66 34 100
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP: Jim McDonell (Elliott)
MP: Guy Lauzon
55 45 100
Southwestern Ontario
Riding MPP/MP (supported) Brown Elliott Total
Kitchener-Waterloo
Cambridge MP: Gary Goodyear 61 39 100
Guelph 56 44 100
Kitchener Centre MP: Stephen Woodworth 50 50 100
Kitchener-Conestoga MPP: Michael Harris (Elliott)
MP: Harold Albrecht
53 47 100
Kitchener-Waterloo MP: Peter Braid (Elliott) 58 42 100
Wellington-Halton Hills MPP: Ted Arnott (Elliott)
MP: Michael Chong (Elliott)
53 47 100
London
Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP: Jeff Yurek (Elliott)
MP: Joe Preston (Elliott)
49 51 100
London-Fanshawe 75 25 100
London North Centre MP: Susan Truppe 66 34 100
London West MP: Ed Holder (Elliott) 67 33 100
Windsor-Essex
Chatham-Kent-Essex MPP: Rick Nicholls (Brown)
MP: Dave Van Kesteren (Elliott)
73 27 100
Essex MP: Jeff Watson 75 25 100
Windsor-Tecumseh 80 20 100
Windsor West 89 11 100
Rural
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP: Bill Walker (Elliott)
MP: Larry Miller
46 54 100
Dufferin-Caledon MPP: Sylvia Jones (Elliott)
MP: David Tilson
57 43 100
Huron-Bruce MPP: Lisa Thompson (Elliott)
MP: Ben Lobb
52 48 100
Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP: Monte McNaughton (Brown)
MP: Bev Shipley
85 15 100
Oxford MPP: Ernie Hardeman (Elliott)
MP: Dave Mackenzie (Brown)
46 54 100
Perth-Wellington MPP: Randy Pettapiece (Elliott)
MP: Gary Schellenberger
57 43 100
Sarnia-Lambton MPP: Bob Bailey (Brown)
MP: Pat Davidson
71 29 100
Northern Ontario
Riding MPP/MP (supported) Brown Elliott Total
Algoma-Manitoulin 49 28 77
Kenora-Rainy River MP: Greg Rickford 79 21 100
Nickel Belt 58 35 93
Nipissing MPP: Vic Fedeli (Elliott)
MP: Jay Aspin (Elliott)
40 60 100
Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP: Norm Miller (Elliott)
MP: Tony Clement
37 63 100
Sault Ste. Marie MP: Bryan Hayes 88 12 100
Sudbury 73 27 100
Thunder Bay-Atikokan 73 27 100
Thunder Bay-Superior North 55 32 87
Timiskaming-Cochrane 43 18 61
Timmins-James Bay 38 27 65

Opinion polling[edit]

All Ontarians[edit]

Poll source Date 1st 2nd 3rd Other
Forum Research
Sample size: 881
March 26, 2015 Christine Elliott
24%
Monte McNaughton 7% Patrick Brown
6%
Someone else 29%, Don't know 34%
Forum Research
Sample size: 1,079
September 30-October 1, 2014 Christine Elliott
14%
Lisa MacLeod
9%
Patrick Brown
5%
Vic Fedeli 4%, Monte McNaughton 4%, Someone else 14%, Don't know 43%
Forum Research
Sample size: 810
July 3, 2014 Christine Elliott
21%
John Baird
9%
Doug Ford
8%
Tony Clement 7%, Lisa MacLeod 6%, Lisa Raitt 3%, Someone else 15%, Don't know 30%

Progressive Conservative supporters only[edit]

Poll source Date 1st 2nd 3rd Other
Forum Research
Sample size: 310
March 26, 2015 Christine Elliott
35%
Monte McNaughton 15% Patrick Brown
11%
None of these 9%, Don't know 30%
Forum Research
Sample size: 367
September 30-October 1, 2014 Christine Elliott
24%
Lisa MacLeod
11%
Patrick Brown
6%
Vic Fedeli 5%, Monte McNaughton 3%, Someone else 20%, Don't know 30%
Forum Research
Sample size: 287
July 3, 2014 Christine Elliott
25%
John Baird
14%
Lisa MacLeod
11%
Tony Clement 7%, Doug Ford 6%, Lisa Raitt 3%, Someone else 15%, Don't know 19%

Progressive Conservative Members Only[edit]

Poll source Date 1st 2nd 3rd Other
Mainstreet Research
Sample size: 442
April 30, 2015 Patrick Brown
62%
Christine Elliott 33% -
Undecided 5%
Mainstreet Research
Sample size: 348
April 14, 2015 Patrick Brown
47%
Christine Elliott 41% -
Undecided 12%
Forum Research
Sample size: 65
March 26, 2015 Christine Elliott
51%
Monte McNaughton 13% Patrick Brown
10%
Someone else 14%, Don't know 11%

See also[edit]

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