Jan 26, 2018

By Christine Ross

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When the Ontario PC caucus meets this morning to choose an interim leader, they may want to look at new numbers released today from Forum Research. In one poll, it appears the Patrick Brown scandal hasn’t made an impact on the popularity of the party. The poll was done after Brown stepped down as party leader amid sexual misconduct allegations and finds that 42 percent still support the Tories, 27 percent favour the Liberals and 23 percent would vote for the NDP. Support for the Tories is down just one point from a poll done two weeks ago. Meantime, former Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliott is the most popular choice to replace Patrick Brown according to polling. While 41 percent were were undecided about their choice in the Forum poll, Elliott led a pack of 8 potential candidates with 12 percent, just slightly ahead of Doug Ford who polled at 11 percent. Elliott lost the PC leadership race to Brown in 2015. Other names being mentioned as possible replacements are Vic Fidelli, Caroline Mulroney, Lisa Raitt, Lisa MacLeod, John Baird and Tony Clement.

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