Thursday, March 05, 2009

It was in Bobcaygeon...

"It was in Bobcaygeon I saw the constellations
reveal themselves one star at a time
Drove back to town this morning with working on my mind
I thought of maybe quitting
thought of leaving it behind."

John Tory's dreams go down in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding (which also contains the aforementioned Bobcaygeon).

Rick Johnson (Lib) 15,482
John Tory (PC) 14,576
Mike Schreiner (Green) 2,452
Lyn Edwards (NDP) 2,117

Expect Tory to resign tomorrow - overshadowing this weekend's NDP leadership convention (in fairness, it doesn't take much to overshadow an Ontario NDP leadership convention...a Leafs win, warm day, or a scandal on The Bachelor would probably do it anyways...). Most importantly, it leaves the official opposition leaderless at a time when McGuinty is extremely vulnerable to criticism, with Ontario's economy sputtering.

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  • I routinely wish the Ontario NDP would just give up - who do they think they're fooling? Besides themselves, I mean.

    It's too bad, government really can benefit from a smart and effective opposition. Well, let's see who's next up to bat....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:16 a.m.  

  • With the way the economy is tanking in Ont, a Lib-NDP coalition government may be in the offing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:02 a.m.  

  • The economy is not doing _that_ badly, compared to 1992, though there's still plenty of time and I don't want to jinx things.

    In any event, McGuinty doesn't have to face the voters until 2011. Unless he has a rebellion in the back bench ranks (highly unlikely), don't expect much excitement from Queen's Park over the next two years.

    By Blogger James Bow, at 1:32 a.m.  

  • Jason, Ontario NDP may not be running itself tremendously well, but its presence keeps other parties more honest. More parties is better.

    By Blogger leonsp, at 7:56 a.m.  

  • one of the labels should be "at least Dion won his seat"

    By Blogger m5slib, at 8:00 a.m.  

  • Yeah, Tory probably goes down as a bigger loser than Dion...especially considering this isn't the first electoral set-back of his career.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:15 a.m.  

  • That is, of course, assuming that both of these men are done in politics. Dion in particular I would expect to stick around - not unlike Stockwell Day.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:35 a.m.  

  • Sign of the times. The right wing nuts are getting the shaft even in their own strongholds. We'll see if Iggy can get the job done.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 11:55 a.m.  

  • John Tory was about about as moderate as Tories get, actually.

    By Blogger Brian Dell, at 12:12 p.m.  

  • Most of us "right wing nuts" are VERY happy that Tory lost. Most conservative blogs were urging people to vote anyone but Tory.

    Very rough in a by-election when you really need grass-roots support.

    Tory would have been a great mayor of Toronto. He has the support of the old Toronto elite (I have quite a few family friends who are very fond of him and his father and supported him strongly). But he wasn't actually conservative - he and Sorbara agree on pretty much everything and he has always tried to win the support of people who will always hate him.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. I feel the same about him as I feel about Stelmach: completely useless and only marginally better than the Liberal alternative.

    By Blogger Hey, at 2:16 p.m.  

  • Yeah, John Tory is the kind of conservative I can really dig, he's a moderate and I've never met a moderate I didn't like. And he would have made a terrific mayor, I agree - perhaps better than David Miller.

    People who think he's a scary conservative, or people who think he's not conservative enough - I just don't get it. Doesn't seem like an uber-ideologue to me at all.

    Anyway, I am sorry he lost, seems like a harsh end to a well-intentioned run at things.

    By Blogger Ashley_Wilkes-Booth, at 5:27 p.m.  

  • I didn't even know the 'dips were holding a leadership convention until today. Is Kormos contending? Will he wear his cowboy boots?

    By Blogger Paul, at 3:00 p.m.  

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