During the last leadership debate on TVO’s The Agenda, a graphic credited to The Canadian Press showed that PC Ontario membership in 2002 was 100,000, then fell to 61,000 in 2004 and now stands at 40,000 members eligible to vote in the upcoming leadership vote.
I find these numbers incredibly depressing, especially when one considers the thousands of new memberships signed up by the four candidates. According to another graphic shown during the debate and not disputed by the candidates, the following are the numbers of new members signed up by each candidate:
Tim Hudak: 14,000
Christine Elliott: 11,500
Frank Klees: 10,312
Randy Hillier: 3,200
Source: Toronto Star, May 6, 2009)
The above adds up to just over 39,000, which suggests that most of the 40,000 members eligible to vote this week, are new members.
Thank God for a leadership campaign every few years. Without them, would we even have a party?
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