John Tory was supposed to be a different kind of political leader, unencumbered by the baggage most politicians carry with them after a lifetime rolling around in the dirt. At least, that's the way he was packaged by the Big Blue Machine when he was plucked from the backrooms to run for the Tory leadership. Remember all that prattle about honesty in government when he rode into politics on his white horse? Fast forward to Election 2007, now this consummate backroom boy will say just about anything to get elected. He dropped a nuclear bomb this week promising to cut short environmental assessments to fast-track the building of more nuke plants. Tory says he wants to ensure Ontario has a safe and reliable source of energy for the future. Nuke power is neither. Who's he trying to kid? We have more than enough energy. The problem is we're not using it wisely – like at off-peak hours when there's room to spare on the supply grid. But, hey, let's mortgage the future anyway if it means winning a few votes now. Within hours of dropping his nuke bomb, Tory dropped another, this time on native land claims in Caledonia, promising to bring in stiffer trespass fines and to use the "moral authority of the premier's office" (read: call in the cops in riot gear) to discourage natives from occupying unceded lands. Hey John, can you say Ipperwash? How did Tory's spin doctors ever convince us this cat is a small-c conservative in the Bill Davis mould? Tory wants to make leadership an election issue. But so far all he's been doing is the bidding of Tory handlers pulling strings in the backrooms.