The new leader of Ontario's Opposition says he wants to straighten out the province's finances and is eager to take on Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne in the June election.
Doug Ford, who was made the leader of the problem-plagued Progressive Conservatives late Saturday, says he's determined to form a government that will drive efficiencies.
Ford says he spoke with Wynne this morning and stressed that she's a respected campaigner who he's not going to underestimate.
But he says Wynne has never debated him before.
Earlier today, Wynne said Ford's selection as Tory leader won't change her party's plans for the June vote, pitching herself as the candidate ready to invest in people.
Wynne noted that she and Ford are very different, saying that voters will have a ``stark'' choice to make in the weeks ahead.
``Mr. Ford and I disagree on a lot of things,'' she said. ``I think what we are putting forward as a platform is very, very different than what any of the Conservatives were putting forward, which is cutting and removing supports from people.''
Ford won the Tory leadership by narrowly beating out former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, who initially questioned the results before conceding nearly a full day later.