Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Mr. Tory's Last Ride?

So March 5 is the day for John Tory. While I'm sure he's conforted in the knowledge that he's running in a place where his party got 50% of the vote in the last election and he certainly goes in the favourite, Tory seems to have a habit of falling below expectations. It Tory thinks he's a shoe in he might want to think twice. Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock residents might actually be looking for a real representative over the next few years instead someone who will immediately go looking for a new seat for 2011 and focus all his attention there. They might looking for someone that actually knows the riding not someone who's only there to save his career. And given that it's a fairly right wing riding they might actually prefer ending Tory's career in the hopes that someone on the far right takes the leadership of the party from him. We shall see, but I guess John Tory is already gonna half to skip away from HKLB to see his party in Niagara Falls this weekend. Something tells me there's not gonna be as many happy campers there as he'd hope.
John Tory learns his fate March 5

The Canadian Press
February 4, 2009 at 5:29 PM EST
TORONTO — Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has called a by-election in a riding that Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory hopes will be his ticket back into the legislature.

The premier's office says voters in the central Ontario riding of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock near Peterborough will go to the polls on March 5.

Mr. Tory announced he would seek the seat after Conservative Laurie Scott stepped down last month to make way for him.

He's been without a seat since his ill-fated bid in the 2007 election for the Toronto riding held by Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.

Local school board chairman Rick Johnson will be running for the Liberals.

Three New Democrats — Lynne Boldt, Lyn Edwards and Stephen Woof — are each vying for their party's nomination.

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Anonymous said...

I can't understand why the Liberals are running someone there. Don't they want John Tory to win? I mean, you would be screwed in the next election if Tim Hudak took over the party.

Jason Hickman said...

Hi, Danielle. More seriously than Anon, perhaps (sorry, A.) - I'm wondering if the tradition, if I can call it that, of allowing oppo party leaders to enter the legislature without running someone against them is gone, or what.

Admittedly, this is something you see more on the federal scene, and even then, there are exceptions. But if memory serves, most of the party leaders who didn't *have* a seat when they took over as party leader - Harper, Day, Chretien, Mulroney, Joe Clark in '03 - got, I think, a free pass from whomever was in government.

Do you think that's something that should not happen, federally or provincially?