A lot has been happening on the provincial (Ontario) scene this week.
- First, John Tory LOST the by-election in a surprising defeat (John Tory is the provincial Progressive Conservative leader). Usually, a leader of a party can easily win election, however Tory lost two in a row, first the one against the education minister in the main election and now this one in the by-election that was supposed to give him a seat. He resigned when he learned he had lost. His loss/resignation is both good and bad for the PCs. It is bad because it illustrates a party’s weakness if the leader can’t even win a ‘safe’ seat. It is good because John Tory was a red Tory (liberal PC). If a liberal tory can’t win, maybe a conservative Tory like Tim Hudak (he’s rumored to be a front runner if he enters the leadership race) will do better. Hopefully he enters the race and makes the party life up to its name. [Just for clarification Tory is the resigned leader’s last name as well as a nickname for the Progressive Conservatives.]
- Andrea Horwarth from Hamilton won the provincial NDP leadership race. I don’t know if this will change anything. Maybe it will draw more votes from certain Liberals but that’s not to likely. I don’t think anything is really going to change for that party.