The morning after for John Tory

Now that the sun has come up on a new day at Queen’s Park, many are taking stock of last night’s PC loss Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock by-election. There are a few truths that need to be said as well.

I sincerely believe that the PC Party will now be better equipped to fight an election against Dalton McGuinty than it would have been under Tory. A leadership process will bring out policy debate, will highlight personalities and will give Ontario a fresh face for the next election.

As for John Tory, obligatory nice guy references aside, the guy was not a conservative’s Conservative. In fact, at the recent PC policy convention I quickly identified Tory’s base of support within the room as it voted on policy. I came to realize that an easy crib sheet for voting became to vote in the opposite way of these folks. When John Tory announces that he’ll step aside later today, the party will begin the process of voting for a leader that will excite conservatives. Though it was a by-election, 10,000 PC voters stayed home last night and you know you have a problem when its the electorate that informs the party that it is not conservative enough. In politics (and more often Liberal politics) lack of ideological purity can be forgiven if your leader has a sharp political instinct. John Tory was weak on both.

In politics, as in life, one should focus upon areas where one excels. John Tory excels at a number things, but I don’t believe this pursuit is one where his efforts and skill will be most appreciated.

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  • http://google.ca Cari

    Wouldn't Randy Hillier be ideal?

  • Charles

    I agree; although I wish it would not have taken a lost bi-election to get him to move on to another career. My parents, sister, brother and there families are all strong conservatives, but didn't feel a vote for Tory would serve to further the conservative movement in the riding now lost to the Liberals. My mother and father come from the old school so they went out and voted for Tory anyway, and it wouldn't matter if Jack Layton was running the party they would still vote that way.
    I also think that that is a real problem with both parties, some people believe that because the label is Conservative or Liberal that they must be following Conservative or Liberal principles, when often times they are not. I volunteered locally for the Conservative party during the last federal election and was shocked to find that there are just as many mis-informed people in our party as there are in the Liberal party; people who vote for the party because their parents did etc. One conversation in particular was that 3-4 old women were talking about how they really didn't like Obama but they would love to see Hillary get in; this was all taking place at the conservative party office in our town. I was amazed that in a small rural town in Eastern Ontario these woman were talking of all the wonderful things Hillary would do for the States, but none of them had the time of day for someone like Sarah Palin; someone who shares many of their life experiences and beliefs and wishes.
    Also, my local (Conservative) MP's daughter is the biggest leftwing kook on our township council.
    End Rant.
    Thanks.

  • Cale

    yep, couldn't of said it better myself Stephen. When the Liberals sometimes appeared more conservative than did Mr. Tory there really isn't a clear alternative for Ontarians.

  • Switchyard O'Taylor

    No

  • http://goole.ca anonymous

    Wouldn’t Randy hillier be ideal ?

  • Liz J

    IMHO Randy Hillier would not be suited to the leadership needed for rebuilding and dealing with a tough economic period in more ways than one.

    Conservatives would be lucky if a guy like Walter Robinson from Ottawa were interested, he’s got the right stuff for the challenge ahead. We also have to remember there’s a lot of Ontario beyond Toronto!!

  • real conservative

    Excellent editorial. Let's be frank here, all Tory did is bring us back to where we should be in the first place – the roots. At least we got there and not spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness. We need a new and improved Mikey that can take down the doughy Dalton.

  • terry_1

    the “doughy Dalton' has more poliitcal instincts than most politicians in the Country and has for instance played Harper like a fiddle.

  • Anonymous

    Doughy Dalton has more political instincts than other politician in Canada today. He has played Harper like a fiddle for example.

  • ken

    I was amazed that in a small rural town in Eastern Ontario these woman were talking of all the wonderful things Hillary would do for the States, but none of them had the time of day for someone like Sarah Palin

    That's comedy gold.

    I'm amazed that you'd think that the residents of a small rural town in Eastern Ontario would be so thick that they couldn't discern that Gov Palin has nowhere near the experience and ability of Sen Clinton for taking national office. Gov Palin's nomination was a Hail Mary play by a desperate GOP that got press attention but ultimately failed, as it should have.

    BTW I've met John Tory, I like and respect him, but I agree that he doesn't have the instinct or bloodlust for high public office.

  • real conservative

    This has happened because Tory was not any threat as opposition to Dalton. Otherwise, Dalton's hand would not be so strong. Witness the liberals under Dion as example, but Dion was just plain lost in space and Mr. Tory is deluded. In fact I can feel sorry for Dion but Tory and his reticence to acknowledge the wishes of his political party makes him into a treasonous agent for Dalton. Time to stare down the Red Tories and let them know that they have had their 15 hours (eg. not 15 minutes), in the public eye.

  • real conservative

    This has happened because Tory was not any threat as opposition to Dalton. Otherwise, Dalton's hand would not be so strong. Witness the liberals under Dion as example, but Dion was just plain lost in space and Mr. Tory is deluded. In fact I can feel sorry for Dion but Tory and his reticence to acknowledge the wishes of his political party makes him into a treasonous agent for Dalton. Time to stare down the Red Tories and let them know that they have had their 15 hours (eg. not 15 minutes), in the public eye.