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Saturday, February 23, 2008
John Tory to stay on
UPDATE: Yahoo news has the story.
I just heard from a friend (Janet) that John Tory will not step down as leader of the Ontario PC Party. This, in spite of getting a miserable 67 per cent approval rating from the leadership review.
The Draft A Leader campaign people wrote the following about the leadership review results:
No - 66.87
We congratulate John Tory on the results and look forward to his decision regarding the future of the party.
Many thanks to all the YES supporters for all your hard work on this campaign."
We wrote about the effort to dump Tory in "Knives out for Tory."
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I've had it confirmed from a few sources - he made an announcement at around 10pm.
Posted by: Janet | 2008-02-23 9:06:18 PM
Sure Tory didn't do very well in the last election but McGuinty lost his first election as leader and he just barely won his own seat.
Tory still has a much better chance in 2011 than anybody else in his party. He needs to get rid of the people who ran his last campaign. They took away all of his good qualities and thought Ontarians are dumb enough to fall for attack ads.
Posted by: Tim Trudeau | 2008-02-23 10:16:47 PM
Tory won't likely face McGuinty next time around, McGuinty/McLiar/McHipocrite. Rumour has it he has his sights set on federal politics,'kid you not!
Posted by: Liz J | 2008-02-24 7:54:51 AM
The MSM was out to get Tory from day one of the election. Too much emphasis was put on the school funding issue. There wasn't much mention of McGuinty's lies, which to this day the MSM media still uses the term "broken promise".
New taxes came into effect in Toronto as a result of the City of Toronto act passed by the McGuinty Liberals. These NEW McGuinty taxes-by-proxy come in the POST DEFICIT ERA, meaning that his explanation for having to raise taxes -- saying he had no choice because of a deficit he was left -- was not just a broken promise, but an outright LIE!
Posted by: Jon | 2008-02-24 8:10:26 AM
Tory, McGuinty or Hampton. Looks like Ontario is "pwned" no matter who they vote for.
But please Alberta, do NOT vote for the Liebrals! They're the enemy, the willing agents/dupes of the corporate agenda of Toronto. If you elect them, kiss your prosperity goodbye. You won't have to worry about declining education and health standards because there won't be any - no more money left over to pay for schools, hospitals or roads. It will be the Second NEP or the Third Great Depression (the 1st NEP being the second). Think with your head.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-02-24 8:21:22 AM
First, John Tory was unsure whether getting the same level of endorsement as what led Joe Clark to immediately resign and call a leadership race was enough for him to cling to power:
"There are people I want to consult," he told delegates, many of whom exchanged puzzled looks at the ambiguous result. "I want to talk to (my wife) Barb, I want to talk to our family, I want to talk to our caucus colleagues and I want to make sure I see as many of you as I can."
Shortly afterwards, it looks like he decided that the advice of six caucus members and his wife was all the consulting he needed:
"Three-and-a-half hours later, just after 9:30 pm, Tory took to the stage at a post-dinner awards ceremony and announced he was done consulting. He said a conversation with his wife and another with six caucus members had changed his mind.
"She . . . gave me her 100-per-cent enthusiastic support to carry on in this job," Tory told party members."
Wow! His wife gave him unanimous support! (Not just 67%!) I wonder if those six caucus members he consulted were equally supportive?
As for his vow that "I have to change", well, he already did - by dropping his commitment to consult "as many of you as I can."
Go, John, Go!!
Posted by: aek | 2008-02-24 8:44:04 AM
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