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Friday, January 9, 2009

Scott stands aside for John Tory

As expected, Progressive Conservative MPP Laurie Scott (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock) is set to resign her seat jtoryin the Ontario Legislature so that party leader John  Tory can contest a by-election that could get him into the Legislature as early as March—some 18 months after Mr. Tory led the PCs to a disastrous defeat on Oct. 10, 2007, losing his own seat in the process.

Mr. Tory announced the move in a statement he made today at Lindsay, Ontario.

As to Ms. Scott’s continuing role in the PC party, Mr. Tory had this to say:

quote-left-red-beige-bgAnd I need Laurie [Scott] on our team. My ability, both locally and provincially to do these jobs will be directly tied to Laurie’s continuing presence as a key member of our team. Fortunately, Laurie has agreed to take on the enormous responsibility of Election Readiness Chair. I am delighted she has agreed to take on this crucial role and I am looking forward to expanding that mandate in the months ahead.quote-right-red-beige-bg

Assuming Mr. Tory wins the by-election, he will almost certainly then lead the party into the next provincial election in the fall of 2011—not a happy prospect for many PC party members for whom Mr. Tory’s inept 2007 election campaign is only too fresh a memory.

We can only hope that Mr. Tory will set aside his dictatorial leadership style and start listening more to advice from the party grassroots. During the last election campaign—under the guise of “strong leadership”—Mr. Tory seemed to unilaterally ram through policy issues like his controversial pledge to expand faith-based school funding, which led to an easy election win by Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals.

My guess is that the Grits will convince voters in 2011 that, if elected, the PCs will enact expanded faith-based school funding. And that should be enough to ensure them, the Grits, another four-year term. After that we can perhaps replace Mr. Tory with a more effective leader with the political smarts to unseat the Grits.

Not the best news for Ontario.smleaf

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  1. Does any one else feel that Laurie Scott was completely the wrong person to give up their seat for Tory. She is relatively young and appears to have a real future as an MPP. She may take a hit for this when she runs again, next time. There are other sitting members who are on the down side of their political careers, who should have put the good of the party first and seemed to have refused.
    To me an obvious choice, would be my own MPP, John O'toole, whose Durham Riding is closer to Toronto and a safe PC seat. O'toole has been in office since 1995, should be looking at retirement soon, and is best known after 14 years in office for flipping the bird in the legislature and then lying about it.
    I guess it was too much to ask O'toole to put the good of the party first!

  2. Well this bimbo has now given me two reasons not to vote PC. As much as I hate McGuinty I hate Tory more. He is just an undemocratic ahole, and if he gets defeated in the next election he will still probably find ways to steal the leadership again.

  3. I wish people would stop slamming Tory for the election loss and get on with life. There is are lots of people within the PC party that needed to look in the mirror after the e-day results (and give credit to McGinty, as tough as that is to do!), but it is time to look ahead to the next election and back the leader. How many previous leaders, of all parties have made rookie mistakes in their first campaign, then corrected those mistakes and went on to win elections - e.g. McGinty, Harper, Harris... If the party had treated Harris in 1990 the way they are treating Tory, he would not have been leader in 1995 to win two successive majorities (we could argue the pros and cons of that scenerio, but that is another arguement).

    Grow up and stand behind your leader that was democratically elected by your pary, or see the McGuinty liberals breeze to another easy majority.
    MS from Durham