Thursday, June 18, 2009

Last PCPO leadership debate tonight

With the PC Party’s last leadership debate coming up tonight on TV Ontario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I’ll be able to make up my mind about my first choice on the upcoming ballot. I plan to vote on June 21 and so I have pretty well run out of time to make a decision.

Once the campaign got fully underway, I soon saw it as a two-person race between front-runner Tim Hudak and Christine Elliott, and as time went by, Ms. Elliott became my first choice. More recently, however, I began to give Tim Hudak a second look. Now those two candidates are about in a dead heat with Hudak perhaps emerging with a very slight lead—their respective positions on human rights tribunals has moved Tim Hudak back into contention. I see this as a fundamental issue that is a sort of deal breaker for me.

Whoever wins the leadership will have her/his hands full. It’s hard to believe how far our party has fallen: 16 points behind the Grits in the polls, and with a riding network in desperate need of strengthening and perhaps, in some cases, rebuilding.

John Tory was supposed to be a super competent manager and organizer, but you’d never know it given the membership numbers and the sorry state of the party infrastructure when he resigned. I’d see rebuilding the ridings and making them active members of their respective communities as “Job One” for the new leader.

Also, Mr. Hudak is the only candidate that took the time to call me personally. Not that I expect this sort of thing, but it was a nice gesture and I appreciated the time he spent with me on the telephone.

I’ll listen to the debate with as open a mind as I can muster and make my decision overnight.

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  1. So, what was your impression of them all?

  2. I thought Hillier and Hudak showed best as a potential conservative leader. Klees and Elliott were not impressive—probably did not do themselves any good last night. I'd say Hudak earned my support.