CFN – Time will not be likely kind to the Tim Hudak era of the Progressive Conservative party. In spite of a scandal plagued McGuinty and now Wynne led Liberal government in Ontario Mr. Hudak has failed to deliver.
While many in his own ranks are calling for a leadership review, which he has rejected, I think it’s safe to say that he will be the guy in the next election for the PC’s.
Why? Because it’s a safe bet at this point and if the results are not strong then the party can blame any failure on Mr. Hudak, and there is no guarantee if they made a change now that they’d fare much better.
Reviewing the current list of MPP’s elected for the PC’s doesn’t show a lot of leadership potential.
Frankly Steve Clark of Leeds Grenville shows the most luminosity. The lifelong politician doesn’t seem to have too many negatives and has great presence.
People like Randy Hillier and Jack MacLaren have support; but it’s further from the centre.
Newly elected Fordster Doug Holyday has the cache of being Toronto centric.
Most likely though the next Conservative leader in Ontario will be from outside the current crop of MPP’s. With new pension rules for Federal MP’s it might not be so surprising to see some potential leadership material fall from the Fed ranks to Ontario.
The problem facing many Ontario voters is that there really isn’t anyone or any party they want to vote for unless they are hyper partisan.
The Wynne move has not really resonated for the Liberals. It certainly has not got them over the hump of scandal after scandal and judging from public opinion there’s a mood for change in the wind; the issue is to what?
Andrea Horwath and her NDP? While Ms Horwath has made some gains they are usually shot down by old (mostly unjustified) NDP Bob Rae resentments in voters. Also they really have not shown to be a strong enough option. It almost like they’re pitching themselves as Liberal light? Even car insurance which should be a no brainer; the party hasn’t taken a clear position of what they would do to improve or change the system. For example move to a Provincial car insurance program like Quebec has?
The next election isn’t looking like there will be a majority winner at this point. Of course things can change; and there could never be a better time for independent candidates across the province; especially if they campaign on strong local or regional issues.
And while some would argue that Independents can’t get a lot done as they don’t have the leverage there are many who would also point out that if you’re party isn’t in first you have very little leverage either.
Either way Tim Hudak’s future is in his hands at this point even though many in his own party would shudder if he actually did win a majority government.
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