Request to extend the voting period in Ontario's Tory leadership race dismissed

A judge has dismissed a request to extend the voting period in Ontario's Progressive Conservative leadership race.

A lawyer representing a disenfranchised party member had brought an application for an injunction to prolong the race in which online voting ended at noon today.

Jeffrey Radnoff said his client and others had not received a personal identification number, which party members need for verification purposes before they can vote.

A lawyer for the party had raised questions about the timing of Radnoff's request, and said the party's own internal complaints process had not been exhausted.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Todd Archibald said extending the race would adversely impact the 60,000 people who have already voted in the race.

``This case turns on the balance of convenience,'' Archibald wrote in his six page decision. ``The clear balance is in favour of the (PC Party).''

``One more week without a leader impacts every member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario,'' he wrote.

Four candidates - former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, lawyer Caroline Mulroney, former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, and parental rights advocate Tanya Granic Allen - are vying to seize the helm of Ontario's Tories following the departure of ousted former leader Patrick Brown.