Provincial Politics

Will the Patrick Brown sex scandal be a blessing in disguise for Ontario Tories?

There is a school of thought among Ontario Progressive Conservatives that the worst is behind them, that the scandals and upheaval of the past two weeks will prove to be a blessing in disguise as the party moves ahead with a new leader and fresh resolve to wrest control of the province from the detested Kathleen Wynne and her shopworn Liberals.

A skeptic might dismiss this as cockeyed optimism, but the notion that from disaster will spring great fortune is gaining traction. It is worth examining.

The Battle of Ontario is starting to take shape

The Ontario provincial election next June 7 is going to be quite a battle.

The campaign already has most of the elements that political junkies could wish for. To start with there are 15 brand new ridings to fight over – including Kitchener South-Hespeler – as the Ontario Legislature expands to 122 members from 107.

Trouble mounts in Liberal-land: B.C. and Ontario

Watch British Columba.

The six-year-old provincial Liberal government of Premier Christy Clark meets the electorate on May 9, and the outcome is anyone’s guess.

B.C. elections are often isolated provincial phenomena with little impact beyond the mountains. This time, however, the outcome will resonate as far east as Ontario where another Liberal premier, Kathleen Wynne, is in even deeper trouble than Clark. A Clark victory would at least buoy depressed Liberal spirits in Ontario.

Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Liberals are in dire straits

Anyone who has made a career in politics will tell you that two of the most difficult decisions involve timing: when to get in and when to get out. 

Of the two, the getting-out decision is often the more difficult. 

Canadians saw evidence of that back in the 1960s when John Diefenbaker, a former prime minister, could not bring himself to relinquish the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party. He challenged the party to throw him out, and it did.