PCs extend registration deadline to vote for new leader

Ontario's Progressive Conservative party is extending the deadline for members to sign up to cast their vote for a new leader to replace Patrick Brown, who resigned last month amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Brown vehemently denies the allegations and even briefly re-entered the race to reclaim his old job, but pulled out earlier this week, saying the race was taking a toll on his friends and family.

Four candidates are currently vying for the top job, former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney, former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford and parental rights activist Tanya Granic Allen.

They will face off tonight in a final leadership debate to be held in Ottawa.

Tory members who wish to cast a vote originally had until March 2 to register, but the party now says it has extended the deadline to 11:59 p.m. on March 5.