Caroline Mulroney, the latest addition to the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race, says that while the party needs to make major changes, she would still use the previous leader's platform as a starting point.
While she has never held a seat in political office, Mulroney said that she could bring a new perspective and her own personal experience into the party. Phillips had been discussed as a leadership candidate.
Mulroney said she will stick to the PC pledge to cancel the Ontario government's cap-and-trade climate change plan, but hinted that she will keep the Tory platform's carbon tax, which funds most of the spending in the plan.
Ahead of the election in June, the Ontario Progressive Conservative party has fallen into a crisis after a series of resignations following Patrik Brown's exit from the party.More news: Myriad Genetics (MYGN) Stock Rating Upgraded by BidaskClub
"That means they're nervous", she said of her competitors in the race.
Elliott declared her intention to run for the leadership with a short tweet last week: "I'm in!"
"It wasn't her plan to seek the leadership, she was very, very focused on the riding and on the community and that's where her efforts went", said Peter Van Loan, a legislator with the federal Conservative Party who acted as an adviser to Mulroney.
Other southwestern Ontario Tory MPPs Ernie Hardeman (Oxford) and Rick Nicholls (Chatham-Kent-Essex) have yet to endorse a candidate in the leadership race that also includes former MPP Christine Elliott and former Toronto city councillor and mayoral candidate Doug Ford. "I've lived the majority of my life in Canada and Ontario".More news: Any immigration plan without border wall 'waste of time'
Minnan-Wong said he's backing the daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney because "she has that star potential I think people will find very attractive".
Former Toronto city councilor Doug Ford, 53, meanwhile, launched his campaign on Saturday. "There's some great work that's being done, but there are also some gaps and I want to work on those gaps to make sure that patients and families get the care they need".
The former businesswoman and lawyer made the comments at campaign event in Toronto, where she was interviewed by former federal cabinet minister Lisa Raitt, who served under Stephen Harper's Conservative government.
He said Ford has a leg up thanks to an established ground game and support organization, which could be key assets as leadership hopefuls scramble to meet a tight, five-week timeline.More news: When do the Eagles return from the Super Bowl?
Caroline, a mother of four children, took to Twitter to post a video where she has announced her decision to join the leadership race.