Friday, January 09, 2009

You May Now Be Seated

John Tory's Awesome Quest for the Golden Seat has gone into overtime, but it may finally be nearing its conclusion.

And the tory making the supreme sacrifice for Tory? It's Laurie Scott, a young woman whose stock in the party had been on the rise. Go figure. Regardless, the Tory side show can be expected to continue for a few more months while he campaigns in the by election. Which means it may not be until next fall before Tory takes his seat on the opposition benches at Queen's Park, effectively giving McGuinty a free ride for the first half of his third term in office.

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  • You've got spam - dynamic nature.

    The John Tory saga is a farce, he's now a joke, & Laurie Scott should not have given up her seat for him.

    By Blogger penlan, at 9:18 AM  

  • It would be a hoot if the NDP and Greens should sat this one out and Tory lost.

    By Blogger Robert McClelland, at 9:59 AM  

  • I agree with you CG, Laurie Scott is a solid 'up-and comer', and completely the wrong choice to step down for the good of the party.
    I live in Durham Riding (held by John O'toole), which would have been a much better choice for Tory. Durham is a safe PC riding, is closer to Toronto, and O'toole has been around Queen's park since 1995, not considered cabinet material, very much on the down side of his career. He is best known for flipping the bird in the legislature and then lying to the media about it.
    I guess we can tell which MPP has the best interests of their party at heart, between Laurie Scott and John O'toole!
    MS from Durham

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:54 PM  

  • Its McGuinty's second term, not third.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:19 PM  

  • Third term, coming up.

    By Blogger Möbius, at 8:27 PM  

  • CTV is reporting that Steve Harper is going to run a 40 billion dollar deficit... absolutely ridiculous. On the same day a Nanos poll showed the Liberals 1 point ahead of the Cons. In addition the Liberals are at 39% in Quebec, which is 10 points ahead of the Bloc, now that is good news!

    By Blogger Scott, at 11:10 PM  

  • You wrote that, "the Tory side show can be expected to continue for a few more months while he campaigns in the by election ..." I'd go one step further than that. Tory is taking a big risk appointing Scott to Election Readiness Chair. Their futures are now completely intertwined - she does well, he has a shot to remain leader. She does poorly, he has no legitimacy left. At the smallest sign of trouble, I'm betting you see a Tory/Scott vs. Hard-Right fracture in the Ontario PC party. This side show could last for two years, if the PCs aren't careful.

    By Blogger partisanhobo, at 7:50 PM  

  • It's too bad Scott is stepping down. Kawartha-Haliburton-Brock (an aside, 'The City of Kawartha Lakes' is a joke granted to us by Mike Harris's government) will go to Tory, likely by a large margin.

    It's a solid conservative riding and only went Liberal on the federal level in the 1990s because of vote splitting between the PC and Reform. If you go far enough back you'll also find that our favourite Orangeman, Sir Sam Hughes, represented a predecessor to this riding one hundred years ago.

    So, Tory gets his seat, but at what cost?

    By Anonymous Morning Fog, at 12:51 PM  

  • The fact it took John Tory four hours to decide if he wanted to remain as PC Leader after a 66% endorsement tell you that this guy is not cut out to be Leader of any political party in Canada let alone the Official Opposition Leader in Ontario.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:48 AM  

  • Wait, the Globe and Mail reported that Scott was willing to give up her seat in the Fall but Tory wanted to wait on Harper. Tory is an even bigger joke then I thought. He had an opening to announce his political plan ahead of his self-imposed deadline but instead decided to hope Harper would help him and ended up looking like an even bigger joke. I feel bad for PCs members.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:58 AM  

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