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John Tory loses “safe seat” byelection: Ontario Conservatives will go hard right with new leader.

That’s my prediction after this rather surprising result yesterday.. heck, let’s call it a shocking result:

Unofficial results have Liberal candidate Rick Johnson defeating Tory 43.7 per cent to 41.2 per cent, with all 258 polls reporting. Johnson’s lead had widened since early results had Tory narrowly ahead. Johnson won by slightly more than 900 votes, 15,482 to 14,576.In 2007, as a general election candidate, Johnson only took 29.4 per cent of the vote against his Progressive Conservative opponent Laurie Scott, who gave up her seat so Tory could run.

A leader who can’t win in an urban riding in the 2007 election because he was too “conservative” for those voters in that riding.. and now a loss in a supposed Progressive Conservative safe seat because.. he might have been too “progressive” for those voters? Perhaps they didn’t like the “parachute candidate”? This is a riding that Scott won by more then 10 000 votes in 2007, remember.. and a riding that the federal Liberals were nowhere close to winning in last year’s federal election.

Tory is certainly gone, and now the Ontario PC’s have a leadership convention, and when you look at the candidates or the potential candidates, this party is certainly going to lunge back to the right:

…The front-runner would be MPP Tim Hudak (Niagara West-Glanbrook), a former Harris-era minister and fiscal conservative with an active network of supporters throughout the party.Other possible candidates would be MPP Christine Elliott (Whitby-Oshawa), a lawyer and the wife of federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty; MPP John Yakabuski (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke), his party’s energy critic; MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington), the former head of the radical rural group, the Ontario Landowners Association; MPP Frank Klees (Newmarket-Aurora), who finished third in the 2004 leadership; and MPP Peter Shurman (Thornhill), a former CFRB talk-show host.

All right-wingers of various stripes (right-wing and farther right-wing); all clamouring to go back to the “glory days” of Mike Harris.

Good luck with that.


6 comments to John Tory loses “safe seat” byelection: Ontario Conservatives will go hard right with new leader.

  • Andrew Yu-Jen Wang

    Speaking of Ontario:

    The people of Ontario would condemn George W. Bush’s hate crimes.

    George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog).

    George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.

    And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.

    Many people know what Bush did.

    And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world.

    Bush was absolute evil.

    Bush is now like a fugitive from justice.

    Bush is a psychological prisoner.

    Bush has a lot to worry about.

    Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.

    In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

    Respectfully Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

    (I can type 90 words per minute. In only 7 days, posts basically like this post of mine have come into existence—all over the Internet (hundreds of copies). One can go to Google USA right now, type “George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism,” hit “Enter,” and find more than 350 copies indicating the content of this post. All in all, there are probably more than 1,000 copies on the Internet indicating the content of this post—it has practically become headline news. One cannot be too dedicated when it comes to anti-Bush activities. As I looked back at my good computer work, I thought how fun and easy it was to do it.)

    I am not sure where I had read it before, but anyway, it goes kind of like this: “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memories so they never got stale and faded.” Oh wait—off the top of my head—I think it came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

  • Well, I hope Elizabeth Witmer runs.

  • “The Ontario PC’s finally get rid of their Dion.”

    Whoa! Dion _won_ his riding!

    Like Dion, however, Tory did not have backroom support, and caucus support was tepid.

  • Roll Tide

    The Ontario PC’s finally get rid of their Dion. Liberals should have wished he won the by-election.
    The only candidate I know a little about is Frank Klees.
    He has been able to win in York Region in spite of bad party leaders (Eves,Tory), a area that is very very Liberal friendly.

  • I wonder if Flaherty himself might not consider running again. He’s never gotten over the party losing to McGuinty in 2003 and him losing the leadership to Tory in 2004.

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