The Pollcast: Ontario PC leadership race careens to a close

In two days, the chaotic race to replace Patrick Brown as Ontario PC leader comes to an end. The CBC's Meagan Fitzpatrick and Mike Crawley join Pollcast host Éric Grenier to break it down.

Host Éric Grenier is joined by the CBC's Meagan Fitzpatrick and Mike Crawley

Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership candidates (from left) Tanya Granic Allen, Christine Elliott, Doug Ford and Caroline Mulroney will find out who wins on Saturday. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

The CBC Pollcast explores the world of electoral politics, political polls and the trends they reveal.

In two days, the Ontario Progressive Conservatives will announce the result of their leadership race. That new leader will immediately become the favourite to replace Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in June's provincial election.

But the campaign that started in chaos with the resignation of Patrick Brown (who briefly threw his hat back into the ring) is ending in grumbling, with three of four candidates asking the party to extend the voting period by an entire week — something the party says it will not do.

Christine Elliott was the only candidate to say the voting process should go ahead as planned, a move that suggests confidence in Saturday's result. But Tanya Granic Allen, Doug Ford and Caroline Mulroney are not throwing in the towel just yet.

To break down how the last six weeks have gone for each of the candidates, what to expect on Saturday and where the party goes from here, Pollcast host Éric Grenier is joined by the CBC's Meagan Fitzpatrick and Mike Crawley from Queen's Park.

Listen to the full discussion above — or subscribe to the CBC Pollcast here and listen to past episodes.​ The Ontario PC leadership results will be carried live on CBCNews.ca and CBC News Network on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. ET.

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