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A Tall Order For The Progressive Conservatives

By Dave Carr

Tomorrow and Saturday are shaping up as two of the most important days in the current political life of big, bustling Ontario. Tomorrow is perhaps the most vital to one entity, the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, because this is the extended final day of voting for their new leader, and as the Grateful Dead once sang, "What a long, strange trip it's been". Saturday then becomes the big day for the rest of us -- it's when we actually learn who will lead the Ontario PC's into the next election campaign that starts in less than two months! Former leader Patrick Brown came and went, came and went again, and still has to have his name cleared both sexually and politically. Out of the Brown fiasco came Christine Elliott, Doug Ford, Caroline Mulroney and Tanya Granic Allen. One of those four, starting this Saturday, has fewer than sixty days to shape up a Progressive Conservative agenda and platform that will hold the base, but more importantly, convince hordes of urban voters in Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, London and Windsor that what they might offer will actually be better than what urban Ontario has been voting for in the past four elections in the governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne. I think that's a tall, tall, order. Yeah, everybody hates Wynne. But when they're standing behind that cardboard screen on voting day, being against someone is not enough; there had better be something pretty good they can vote FOR. I think Doug Ford would bludgeon his way through governance, leaving devastation in his wake. Mulroney is going to be great, I think, just not today. Granic Allen is a one-issue whirlwind who has shown no grasp of reality. No, I think Christine Elliott may have the best chance of, by June 7th, actually making Ontario an offer it can't refuse. 


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