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PC convention provides opportunity for Ford camp to refocus on campaign priorities after 'challenging' few months: insiders

"With legislature resuming in the next couple of weeks and the upcoming policy conference this weekend, I think it's a really great opportunity for... everyone involved in the party to come together as a group and start looking at what's next," says Carly Bergamini.

Published Feb 2, 2024 at 7:58pm

Marco Vigliotti
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Marco Vigliotti
PC convention provides opportunity for Ford camp to refocus on campaign priorities after 'challenging' few months: insiders
Conservative leader Doug Ford makes a campaign stop in Ottawa on Monday, May 30, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

As Ontario Progressive Conservative faithful huddle in Niagara Falls for this weekend's policy convention, insiders expect Premier Doug Ford will double-down on the party's 2022 campaign mantra —"get it done" — to signal his laser focus on core priorities such as building new homes and restoring affordability after a challenging few months marred by scandal.

Carly Bergamini, a former senior Ford government staffer who now serves as a director of EnterpriseHealth, said the convention provides an opportunity for the party to turn the page on the Greenbelt and other controversies and refocus on core campaign planks like building up infrastructure and improving Ontarians' access to important services.

"It has been a challenging summer and fall. But with legislature resuming in the next couple of weeks and the upcoming policy conference this weekend, I think it's a really great opportunity for members and MPPs and ministers and everyone involved in the party to come together as a group and start looking at what's next," she said in an interview.

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