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Caroline Mulroney, Christine Elliott to both run for Ontario PC Party leadership

Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 11:26 pm EDT

Two new candidates will be vying for the Ontario PC Party leadership.

Campaign sources tell CityNews Caroline Mulroney will announce in the coming days that she’s running.

Christine Elliott has also thrown her hat in the ring. She tweeted “I’m in!” on Thursday.

Elliott, the widow of late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty, has run twice unsuccessfully for the Tory leadership, once in 2009 when she lost to Tim Hudak, and again in 2015, when she came second to Brown.

She currently serves as Ontario’s non-partisan patient ombudsman.

Earlier this week Doug Ford announced that he would also take a shot at the leadership.

“I can’t watch the party I love fall into the hands of the elite,” Ford said while announcing his candidacy.

“I’m here to give a voice to the hard-working taxpayers of this province. People who have been ignored for far too long.”

A Forum research poll released last Friday found that Ford and Elliot were favourites to replace former PC Leader Patrick Brown, who stepped down amid sexual misconduct allegations.

The Tories picked Vic Fedeli as interim leader, but will pick a permanent replacement in March.

Toronto Mayor John Tory’s name has also been mentioned when it comes to potential candidates to head the provincial PCs.

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