Flushed with defeat in the 2010 municipal election, Jane McKenna recently put her name up for nomination as the Progressive Conservative Party’s candidate in the upcoming provincial election. And at Tuesday’s nomination meeting, Ms. McKenna—the only candidate—was acclaimed as the PC candidate for the Burlington riding.
Burlington members of the Liberals and the NDP must be heartened by the PC’s choice, for after several decades of trying unsuccessfully to take the riding from the Tories, those parties now have a real shot to do just that.
How Ms. McKenna ever got the nomination is a mystery to me. It certainly wasn’t her political skill for she placed a poor fifth in the 2010 municipal election when she ran against eventual winner, Rick Craven, and three others. It’s not that I believe a loss to a popular incumbent should disqualify anyone from seeking political office elsewhere. But surely the PCs could have done better than a candidate that could only garner 565 votes for a fifth place finish in the Ward 1 race. The winner of Ward 1, Rick Craven, got 4,575 votes and the other three candidates, Mary Dilly, Scott Dobson and Saulis Zemaitis, received 1,673, 830, 641 votes respectively.
Ms. McKenna is described by insideHALTON.com as “a longtime Burlington resident,” so one could imagine she has many friends and family members in the city. With their votes in her pocket, she couldn’t have convinced many other residents to support her candidacy for a seat on city council. Surely our local PC Riding Association could have found someone with greater potential.
PC leader Tim Hudak reportedly said in a release, “As part of an Ontario PC government, Jane will make life more affordable for families and make government work for the people who pay the bills.”
Jane will do that? Really? Well, good luck with that.