The hand wringing has already begun in the Conservative camp about what went wrong. Oh, they say, if only John Tory had been able to talk to voters about the rest of his platform, other than faith based education, the election would have turned out differently. Maybe but I doubt it (though he may have won his seat). The deeper I got into the PC platform the worse it really became. The party it seems, despite Tory’s urbane veneer and nice guy rep, has not yet rid itself of the neandrethals that roamed freely during the Mike Harris days. On many of the major issues the PC platform was pissing in the wind: private health care delivery, pulling the billions from the McGuinty health tax but still magically increasing funding to healthcare, green lighting nuclear energy despite the huge costs and the tiny detail of where to put the radioactive waste, and then ofcourse more drivel about getting tough on crime.
Now, if Tory is, as he said throughout the campaign he was, responisble for the party’s platform then sorry buddy but, you’ve got to go. The Conservatives thought that voters had finally forgotten the Harris years and that they could put a nice guy from Toronto at the helm and noone would notice the rightwing folly of the platform. Frankly I’d rather battle a PC Party that is up front about its right wing lunacy than one that hides it behind the soave tones of a member of Toronto’s gilded establishment.