CFN – So the dust is settling on the 2014 Ontario Election. Many Conservatives are crying foul and uttering complaints that Ontario voters are in fact nuts!
They can’t believe that Premier Wynne won a MAJORITY for the scandal ridden former McGuinty Liberals. Frankly I’m shocked myself.
The sole blame has to be put at the feet of the PC party themselves. Yes certain unions are gloating and claiming victory and somehow that weird, and wacky Andrea Horwath is claiming victory for getting a seat or two more even though she lost total relevance for her and her party by pulling down the Liberals and now facing a majority; but at the end of the day it was the PC’s that chose to hang on to their leader and his brain trust and team that led off the campaign by literally hitting the self-destruct button.
Ms Wynne didn’t run that great a campaign. She was brutal in the debates barely able to stay afloat against Hudak and Horwath which isn’t much to brag about as neither of them was terribly effective.
Hudak’s claims of being honest? Well they probably were as honest as those Unions that want fresh meals in Hospitals when we all know what they want is more union jobs in hospitals. Nothing wrong with that; but why not call the spade a spade?
And that’s part of what’s wrong with politics. It’s a mix of bribes; promises nobody really expects to be kept, and spin.
The PC’s now have to question what and who they really are? While retaining some seats out here in Eastern Ontario they lost the centre and core of the province.
They can’t win with with the Randy Hillier’s and Lisa MacLeod’s. They need to find a leader that will resonate with the very people they alienated this election.
Even those union people know the province can’t go much more at this debt level without serious impacts on the economy and eventually their own jobs.
If this election gave us anything to think about it is that if we wait until the bitter end to resolve an issue you just might be forced into the kind of cuts that cost Tim Hudak his political career. He will not be remembered well. It also should be forcing us to ask the tough questions about how much control these big unions have on the Province and how the heck they are keeping us captive?
And yes, any new PC leader will be attacked by the Grits just like the Federal PC’s do to anyone that takes on the Liberal leadership.
But this is now a window for the party to decide what it truly wants to be. And if that image is something that appeals to more than the stodgy, aging, way too Right status quo they just might have a shot in the next election. If they act like the Liberals themselves, expect a deep civil war within the party.
My hunch is the next PC leader doesn’t come from any of the current elected MPP’s. They need a rock star that will play reasonably well in the 416 and 905.
Doug Ford of all people put it best in a recent Sun article:
“You can’t win Ontario unless you pick a leader who can win a few seats in Scarborough, Etobicoke, North York, Vaughan, Mississauga and Brampton,” he said.
“I think we have to clean out the whole PC Association from the president all the way down. We have to open the doors to the union members who’ve voted for fiscal conservatives for years and this time they couldn’t vote for the plan.”
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