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Monday, February 23, 2009

Tory mounting come-back

The Leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, John Tory, seems to be making a come-back, at least, within the party itself. The PCs just held a three-day 160_TO_tory_080327party convention at Niagara Falls that attracted more than 1,000  people—an impressive number reminding us of the good old days when Mike Harris was leader.

Apparently, there is an air of optimism circulating among PC attendees. With 30 months until the October 2011 election, many see Premier McGuinty’s prospects growing gloomier as Ontario’s economic outlook declines—recessions seldom favour incumbent governments—and many PCs smell blood.

quote-left-red-grey-bgLet's face it, leaving Dalton McGuinty in charge of the economy is like leaving your dog on vacation with the taxidermist.quote-right-red-grey-bg

- John Tory

In an indication that Tory’s hold on the party leadership has improved, party members defeated a proposed amendment to the PC constitution that would have required the leader to have a seat in the Legislature within a year of taking the helm or losing a riding in an election. Some believe the initiative was meant to embarrass Tory.

During a luncheon speech, federal Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney recommended courting the multicultural vote as a key in many urban ridings—victory in 2011 could well depend on this. We also need a strong, visionary platform à la The Common Sense Revolution.

Now, if Mr. Tory can win his March 5 by-election, and if he can then begin to seize the initiative at Queen’s Park and hold Dalton McGuinty’s toes to the fire, we may have a chance in 2011.smleaf

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  1. I would like to know how Tory would govern. I don't want an Ontario version of Joe Clark or Kim Campbell.

  2. Yes it looks like in the long term plan, us here in Ontario ought to get involved with our local provincial EDA's. Since the CPC won a majority of seats in Ontario in last federal election, the network exists to pull that off here provincially.