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.
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.