The Toronto Star is worried that the Ontario PC Party just handed the leadership to the wrong man.
That makes me happy.
I din’t pick sides in the leadership race and any of the four candidates could have beaten Kathleen Wynne’s incompetent Liberals. But upsetting The Red Star always makes me happy.
Make no mistake, had Christine Elliott won, the so-called moderate choice would have been re-branded by now as “right wing nut job” and deemed unfit for any elected office by the same media folks now mourning that the PCs didn’t make the sensible choice.
Remember, these media folks have a horrible track record. I should know, I’m one of them but I don’t follow the pack and my track record is actually quite good.
So today we have a series of columns lamenting Ford as leader. It is to be expected in place like The Globe and Mail or the Star but not really in the pages of the Ottawa Sun where columnist Rick Gibbons has declared Ford’s win a disaster.
Well, it could have been worse. Patrick Brown could have made a spectacular 11th hour re-entry into the PC leader’s race by crashing Elon Musk’s cherry-red Tesla Space Roadster through the skylight knocking out the party’s only Commodore 64, thus necessitating a campaign restart. That would have been worse, right?
That’s quite the opening for a column from nominally conservative leaning newspaper. From there Gibbons goes on to push all the received wisdom about how Ford is too brash, not a team player.
None of that is the question before us. The question now is can Doug Ford win the provincial election and defeat Kathleen Wynne?
The answer is abso-freaking-lutely!
Now a caveat here is that campaigns matter, all sides can make mistake and events dear boy, events!
I’m not saying at this point that Ford will win but he definitely can and if things remain the same, no major developments, he will win.
I don’t expect Gibbons to be buoyed by that my old Sun colleague honestly sounds like he would prefer another round with Wynne and the Liberals. Hopefully that is just emotion the day after the race and Rick regains his senses.
The Star has already laid out their line of attack for the coming campaign, cuts, healthcare and abortion. Kathleen Wynne was much the same on Twitter the day after Ford’s victory.
There’s a stark choice for voters on June 7. They will choose between Conservatives who want to slash spending just when families need it the most, and an Ontario Liberal Party that believes government is a force for good & knows that now is the time to invest in care.
— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) March 11, 2018
Absolutely voters face a stark choice, they can continue on the path of deceit, corruption and incompetence or voters can give someone new a chance to fix the mess that Wynne has made Ontario. A province perpetually in red ink, where hallway healthcare has become the norm and where jobs are something that leave on the first truck out of town.
These are the reasons Doug Ford can win and likely will win come June 7th.