Vic Fedeli pledges to strengthen Ontario PC party as interim leader

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Leader of the Official Opposition Vic Fedeli announced he will remain as Interim Leader while a new permanent Leader is chosen.
Ontario PC party interim leader Vic Fedeli speaks after a caucus meeting at Queen's Park in Toronto on Friday, January 26, 2018. Fedeli has been named interim leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives after Patrick Brown's resignation in the face of sexual misconduct allegations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

QUEEN’S PARK:  Today, Leader of the Official Opposition Vic Fedeli announced he will remain as Interim Leader while a new permanent Leader is chosen.

“Over the past few days, I have been humbled by the outpouring of support from Party members, candidates, and caucus,” said Fedeli. “I have been honoured to have them put their trust in me.

“It has been a chaotic time for our party, and a steady hand is needed at the helm. We have learned our party is in much worse shape than we knew. Fixing this will be a massive undertaking. But it is essential, if we are to win the next election.

“I have always believed that we must put team, before self. It is time to put the party and the province ahead of any one person’s ambition.

“As such, I will work exclusively as Interim Leader to the Party.

“We have a strong caucus, a strong roster of candidates with more to come, and we will have a very worthy person chosen at the end of this process to be our party Leader and the next Premier of Ontario.

“The province needs a strong opposition to hold the Wynne Liberals accountable for years of scandal, mismanagement, and waste, and to continue to present the need for change at Queen’s Park.

“We can, and must, win this election – not just for the Party, but for the people of Ontario.”