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Ontario Tories extend deadline to sign up to vote in leadership race

Ontario PC leadership candidates Tanya Granic Allen, Caroline Mulroney, Christine Elliott and Doug Ford pose for a photo after participating in a debate in Ottawa on Feb. 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party is giving members even more time to sign up to cast their vote for a new leader.

The party is in the midst of a hastily arranged leadership contest to replace Patrick Brown, who resigned last month amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Brown vehemently denies the allegations and even briefly re-entered the race to reclaim his old job, but pulled out earlier this week saying the race was taking a toll on his friends and family.

Four candidates are currently vying for the top job — former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney, former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford and social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen.

The party has already extended the voter registration deadline once, pushing it back from March 2 to March 5.

It now says voters can sign up until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7. Voting to choose the new leader got underway yesterday and is set to close on March 8, with the results announced on March 10.

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