Even his enemies agree. John Tory is a man of integrity. Misguided as some of his policies may be, you can always count on the principled Tory to do the honourable thing. Why then didn’t he resign after his crushing defeat Wednesday? By not stepping aside, isn’t Tory displaying the same bad judgement that got him in trouble over funding for faith-based schools? The arrogance. The reality is, if the PCs are to survive in the short term, John Tory has no choice but to stay on as leader. There’s nobody to replace him, unless you consider one of the Harris-era skeletons that still dominate his caucus a viable option. The PC party establishment certainly doesn’t. They pushed Tory for leader, remember? Neither do the vast majority of Ontario voters. Take a look at MPPs the party returned to Queen’s Park yesterday. Almost all of them are Harris-era acolytes overwhelmingly from rural strongholds the PCs have owned for years. The Tories took one urban seat in all of Ontario Wednesday, if you can call Kitchener-Waterloo urban.The only “progressive” among these conservatives is Tory himself, and he’s often a little confused about where he stands on the issues, so preoccupied as he is with keeping peace in the caucus. Will any among them sacrifice their seat for Tory so the leader can take his rightful place in the Legislature? Not likely, unless maybe there’s a big patronage plum attached. But in the end, where will that get Tory or the PCs? The party will still have a caucus seriously out of political sync with its leader. Let the bloodletting begin.