Christina Blizzard speculates that all three major provincial parties could have new leaders by the time Ontario holds the next election - A changing of the guard?
It is her take on the Tory situation that interests me the most. The discussion about whether or not John Tory should step aside as party leader has generated a great deal of debate in a previous post. The general consensus appeared to be that he should go.
But who would be the next leader? Blizzard seems to think that there are slim pickings among the contenders. This attitude totally discounts the possibility of new (or recycled) blood, such as Jim Flaherty or Peter Van Loan.
She also seems to feel that the leader should be an urban hero so that the party doesn't collapse into "a rural rump".
She suggests that the greatest reason why the party will likely support Tory is the fear of a Randy Hillier upset, since the maverick politician has such strong rural support.
Blizzard also points to NDP leader Howard Hampton's northern roots as a reason that he will likely be pushed out by the time the next election arrives.
Is this the fate of our Ontario 'democracy'? Are we going to have to toady to Toronto and large urban centres forever?
Randy Hillier may not be the best choice to lead the party, but discounting a candidate simply due to the location of their constituency seems like a form of discrimination to me.
And don't forget. Hillier won his seat.