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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tory goes to the polls March 5

Apparently, our intrepid Ontario Progressive Conservative leader, John Tory, will make his bid for a seat in the legislature on March 5, when a by-election will be held in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock—all thanks to PC MP Laurie Scott, who vacated her seat so that Mr. Tory could run.

jtory Local school board chairman, Rick Johnson, will be contesting the seat for the Liberals. And one of three New Democrats—Lynne Boldt, Lyn Edwards and Stephen Woof, who are vying for their party’s nomination—will also oppose Mr. Tory.

This is none too soon considering that Mr. Tory lost his seat in his ill-fated bid for the Toronto riding held by Liberal Education Minister Kathleen Wynne in the Oct. 2007 general election. Though apparently not unprecedented, this does seem an inordinately long time for a leader of the official opposition to be out of the house, and provides yet another basis for criticism of Mr. Tory’s leadership.

I wish Mr. Tory well—God knows the Ontario PCs need all the help they can get.smleaf

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  1. I hope John Tory loses. The OPC needs a good leader with real conservative principles. I mean, this guy (Tory) has failed at every level of politics. He failed as a candidate, as a leader, as a strategist, as well as at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.

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  2. Rick Johnson should be soliciting donations from the irate conservatives who want Tory gone. It is the only chance for the next decade to get rid of this bum.

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