Journalist goes political…

We’re in an election year here in Ontario and nominations for various party candidacies are being filled. I’ve learned that come next October, PC leader Tim Hudak may have something of a star candidate in Global’s Darryl Konynenbelt.

Konynenbelt is well-known to Toronto viewers and will be seeking the PC party nomination of Mississauga South where he is raising triplets with his wife Anne-Marie Mediwake, who also works in television. Darryl’s profile page at globaltoronto.com has gone blank and he also had this announcement just last night:

Tomorrow my twitter here ends. Details to follow@ 11:30am

I’ve contacted Darryl and he’s confirmed the news. He’ll be giving a press conference at 11:30am at Snug Harbour Port Credit.

Randy Hillier knows how to handle a wedge

Randy Hillier has been putting out some very “debate-able” policy during this campaign. I’d like to see more discussion and debate from the candidates on where they’d like to take the PC Party in the future. Unfortunately, the main motivation for the leadership candidates at this point is membership sales and perhaps some candidates see that a policy discussion would cause too much differentiation and rock the boat when it comes to signing up potential members.

Randy Hillier has already announced a number of policies. This unusual strategy is likely being executed so that Randy can gain more media attention as he is the underdog in this race. Ending the ban on the spring bear hunt, electing our senators from Ontario, abolishing the Human Rights Commissions and proposing a Freedom of Association and Conscience Act are just a few policies that Hillier has mixed into the race.

I’ve learned that Hillier will soon be announcing a policy to rename the party. That’s right. Instead of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Hillier proposes that we rename it the Conservative Party of Ontario. This is sure to ruffle some feathers in the party as there is a strong red Tory element to the PC Party but personally, I’ve always thought the term “Progressive Conservative” was like apologizing with the first breath of your introduction. The name also implies that you want to be all things to all people rather than standing firm on your principles. “Conservative? Oh, don’t worry, we’re ‘progressive’ too!” Our strategy should be to win swing voters. “Progressive”, in the modern context, has increased in its partisan undertones as “liberals” in the United States have rebranded as “progressives”.

What do you think? Should we rename the party?