“Under Hudak’s leadership, the party has grown to 44,000 members from around 9,000, but McMaster University political scientist Peter Graefe said the party faces significant challenges.
A lack of voter outrage against the governing Liberals means Hudak needs to move beyond his base and express a modern conservative message, Graefe said. He added the PCs also risk becoming a rural party if they can’t reach out to urban voters.
“Obviously, we need to do better in the big cities,” federal Transport Minister John Baird said.
But Baird felt a more traditional conservative campaign message would resonate with middle-class voters. “When we run as Liberal-light we don’t tend to do well,” he said.”
Recently Mr. Hudak was here in Cornwall to meet n greet party faithful at a local restaurant for a party breakfast and then attend a session with local small businesses for consultations.
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