Actors paid to support Ontario Tories outside leaders' debate in Toronto

Ontario's Progressive Conservatives say one of their candidates hired actors to pose as Tory supporters outside the first leaders' debate ahead of the provincial election.

A spokeswoman for party leader Doug Ford calls the decision ``unnecessary and a mistake.''

Ford says he didn't know about the paid supporters when asked about it a news conference, saying he doesn't need to pay anyone to support him.

He says he will talk to Toronto-Centre candidate Meredith Cartwright about the situation.

When reached by phone, Cartwright said she has no comment.

Ford spokeswoman Melissa Lantsman says it will not happen again.