Ontario PCs announce 'open, transparent' voting process
Tories also confirm leadership debate for Feb. 15
The Ontario PC party says it will have an online, two-stage verification process for what it says will be an "open, transparent" voting process.
"Our membership verification process is consistent with our commitment to ensure an open, democratic, and secure process as we select our next leader," Interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli said in a press release.
"I will continue to ensure our party is in a strong position for the incoming leader. I look forward to continuing towards our shared goal of defeating Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals and bringing the change Ontario families need."
Membership smaller than previously announced
The announcement of an online, two-stage verification process for voting comes after The Canadian Press reported that Fedeli said in an email to the PC caucus that a check of the party's membership system showed the Tories with just over 133,000 members — some 67,000 fewer than claimed by former leader Patrick Brown less than a month ago.
The Tories also confirmed that there will be a leadership debate broadcast on TVO on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. The Agenda's Steve Paikin will host, and it will also be available on Facebook and Twitter.
The membership cut off date will be the next day on Feb. 16, with verification numbers mailed just days after. The voting period will span between March 2-8 with the leadership convention scheduled for March 10.
With files from The Canadian Press