February 02, 2018

Does it matter who wins the Ontario PC Party leadership?

Eitan GilboordGuest Post

On March 9, Progressive Conservatives across Ontario will get to choose a new leader from a list of candidates, but according to party leadership rules, it may not make a difference who, ultimately, is tapped for the role.

Frontrunners for the election appear to be former Ontario PC MPP, Christine Elliott; anti-establishment former Toronto City Councilor Doug Ford; and Carolyn Mulroney, the inexperienced yet highly-electable lawyer who also happens to be a former Prime Minister's daughter.

And Postmedia chair Rod Phillips is also rumored to be interested in running. 

All of these candidates have their own unique “electability” factors, but since the rules surrounding this election were publicized, it’s become clear that it may not matter at all who wins the leadership role.

The Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC) recently released its election rules – and it contains an interesting point. Under section 5-c's “Eligibility” requirements, the rule states:

No person shall be a Candidate unless he or she… supports the aims, principles and objects of the Party and the policy resolutions adopted at the Constitutionally-mandated 2017 policy process, and so confirms in the prescribed form

That rules in accordance with section 18.7 of the Ontario PC Party constitution which requires that candidates base their election campaign platform on the adopted policy from an annual policy conference.

Recommended Resolutions passed at annual Policy Conferences shall constitute the foundation on which Party policy and legislation is developed until the next Policy Conference. 

This could mean that whoever wins the election will, more or less, have to campaign during the general election on Patrick Brown's “People’s Guarantee” platform which supports the very unpopular “carbon pricing” (i.e. carbon tax).

When Patrick Brown first announced his support for “revenue neutral carbon pricing," his audience was horrified. People present in the room were actually jeering him.

Yet the PC Party members still voted to adopt Brown’s platform, and therefore could be constitutionally required to uphold it.

Of course, Doug Ford already announced on radio that he would “consider reversing the carbon tax.”

When pressed, Ford said, “a tax is a tax is a tax is a tax.”

Even Christine Elliott has mentioned being against a carbon tax. 

So, one would think that regardless of what a piece of paper mandates, Doug, or any leader, could always just ignore that policy.

And I hope they do.

Because if this leadership election culminates in everyone agreeing on policy, then – to cite Hillary Clinton's infamous phrase, "what difference, at this point, does it make who wins?" Sure, there are arguments to be made about the electability of different candidates, who they appeal to and who has the most name recognition.

But the point of politics shouldn’t just be “electability.” Politics should, at its core, be about bettering the lives of those around us. Conservatives and Liberal-NDP leftists disagree philosophically on the best way to improve people’s lives. That’s what an election should be about, ideas, not "electability" factors approved by a campaign strategists and focus groups. 

What’s the point in having a Conservative party, if you’re not conservative? If you want Liberal-lite because a candidate is more “electable” than just go ahead and vote Liberal.

I’m not arguing you have to be a traditional conservative on every issue, but being Liberal-lite is a wholly different story.

Whoever wins the leadership election must pledge to withhold support for an increase in taxes, and that includes the dangerous Trudeau-Wynne carbon tax.

And if a real conservative does win, then I hope he or she doesn't honour the Liberal-lite policies of Brown’s platform.

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commented 2018-02-03 08:27:12 -0500
“…rules which requires that candidates base their election campaign platform on the adopted policy from an annual policy conference…”

And THAT, is why I will vote Libertarian!
commented 2018-02-03 00:44:32 -0500
Am I missing something??… Since Patrick Brown didn’t keep the promises he was elected on, why should any OPC party leader do the same?… Get elected and then screw the “Liberal lite” parts of the party platform…
commented 2018-02-02 23:19:20 -0500
I will not vote for anyone who intends to keep the carbon TAX.
commented 2018-02-02 22:50:18 -0500
Keith and Helen Harvey,

It will not be Ford. Mark my words. The party does not like him and finds him too divisive and a loudmouth.

It will be Mulroney most likely for pretty obvious reasons – she will appeal to women and young people, which is the vote they need. Doug Ford will not appeal to the youth vote and even people who hate Wynne will still vote for her over Ford.

The party will want a young fresh face.
commented 2018-02-02 22:28:24 -0500
I think Doug will win, he strikes me as being the only true Conservative among the candidates for the job as leader. And we definitely Do Not Want Another MULRONEY in government. I doubt very much that the Lying and Political Correctness Gene has been discontinued in the family DNA. It’s like in the states, the Presidential Crown has to go to either a Kennedy, a Bush or a Clinton, it’s like being President is the family business. Same thing here between the Trudeau’s and Mulroney’s, being PM is the family business. Because Daddy was PM they have to fill his shoes, just once you would like to see their offspring get a real job in something unrelated to politics. Trudeau is like Daddy Trudeau and it’s fair to say that little girl Mulroney will be the same as her Daddy or they would be disowned and purged from the will. I have looked around the world at the current crop of Female Leaders and I can honestly say that I am not impressed. They are all leading their countries down the path of disaster, the men aren’t doing much better that’s for sure. Women like Merkle and May demonstrate a Special kind of Stupid, it’s a combination of Virtue Signalling,Fear, Snobbery and Traitor. Canadians have the nasty habit of voting in the wrong person, Trudeau, Notley, Wynne, Brown, Scheer, let’s not do it again with a predetermined fail voting in another Mulroney. If that happens afterward with great glee I will say
“I told you so.”
commented 2018-02-02 21:48:35 -0500
The irony about this article is that some members on The Rebel ARE saying that have to be a traditional conservative on every issue or else you are not conservative, despite what Eitan says.
commented 2018-02-02 21:38:38 -0500
liza rosie,

Seriously – move on from the fucking hijab story. Nobody cares anymore in the 24 hour news cycle we live in.

A girl didn’t want to get into trouble, she made up a story, people reacted, the truth came out. End of.
commented 2018-02-02 21:34:05 -0500
It won’t be Doug Ford. I can see Carolyn Mulroney becoming leader for various reasons.
commented 2018-02-02 21:23:14 -0500
Doug Ford won’t be able to do anything, except what they tell him.

If Doug was smart, he’d hold a press conference, expose this PC/Liberal agenda, and then tell all of Ontario he’s going over to the Trillium Party, where he and the Trilliums are going to offer Ontarians a true, 100% Conservative Party. He could recruit other MPPs who have the courage to drop the PCs and build the Trillium Party. MacLaren did it.
The Ford supporters would, I bet, follow him.
The Trillium Party could make so much noise right now, they could really give the PCs a run for their money and create a major opposition to both the PCs and the Libs.
I would rather vote for Trillium and possibly get enough true Conservatives in the house and prevent either the Libs or PCs a majority.
commented 2018-02-02 20:08:33 -0500
Looking at this as a Canadian from New Brunswick, I hope Doug does win and becomes the next Premire of Ontario. With his political flare expected to be a bit North of 49th Trump it might just be the wake up call Sheer needs to get stronger and more true blue. It also wouldn’t hurt if Quebec went Conservative, plus it would have me crying from laughter at Trudeau seeing the two big power houses in Federal politics go Tory Blue.
commented 2018-02-02 20:04:55 -0500
Eitan is a great writer. I even read the entire column. I hope Eitan keeps writing columns for the rebel.
commented 2018-02-02 19:41:33 -0500
I bet Doug would pressure the Toronto Police to do their job and reopen their investigation or give us the results of what cbc describes as a’detailed investigation interviewing many people’ and gathered evidence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61Wf2GzEf5g
Why is this being kept from us? Seriously fishy response from the police.

Doug Ford would never have accused all Canadians the way, Trudeau, Scheer, Wynne and Tory did and he would make the police release ALL the information relating to this case. It makes my blood boil every time I think about it, and Justin’s response to the ‘news’ that it didn’t happen absolutely disgusts me. If we stop screaming about this it will only make it easier for them to pull off the next false flag.
commented 2018-02-02 19:30:01 -0500
Doug! I’d vote for Rob if he were still with us. Now I would put my vote behind Doug.
commented 2018-02-02 19:27:21 -0500
It sure does matter. We have to start getting the pendulum swinging to the right. Ontario doesn’t need another ‘play’ conservative. I would vote for Rob .
That province hasn’t seen anything resembling its potential for a long long time and the province deserves better than social experiments.

“What’s the point in having a Conservative party, if you’re not conservative? "

I want someone decisive and principled who is in it for the betterment of the province not their political careers. I am sick of lying politicians who get in on what they say, and then do the opposite. The free world is sick of lying politicians!

As long as you are not a child molester or a woman beater, I don’t care who you had an affair with, dated or accidentally bumped into10 years ago. As long as it wasn’t rape, we’re good, It will not affect my vote. I just don’t want a woman stuck in there because somebody in their ‘wisdom’ thinks they will be free from scandal.
In fact after two terms of Wynne, I think Ontario deserves a big strong man, not another woman. There are only a small handful of conservative woman that I think are any good in politics and none of them are running.
commented 2018-02-02 19:22:05 -0500
This is an opportunity for PCPO to redeem itself.
Regardless of the Brown/Wynne policy document, a candidate needs to broadcast from the rafters that he/she will have the guts to go up against Trudeau and his MSM, allow interviews with the Rebel, campaign against the carbon tax, and drain the swamp of the alt-left socialist/pedocentric/pro-Sharia SJWs.
Hopefully the party faithful hasn’t been infiltrated with enough Liberal shills that they elect a leader that will continue to perpetuate the Brown-Liberal Lite agenda towards the destruction of Ontario’s economy and soul.
commented 2018-02-02 19:05:26 -0500
I see Doug Ford as an Ontarian Trump, down to earth, sincere and Far Right Wing. He will know how to clean the old excrement from the blanket. Go for it Doug.
commented 2018-02-02 18:58:35 -0500
commented 2018-02-02 18:51:18 -0500
… I was thinking of the approaching change on the horizon.
… Premier Chouillard, Premier Ford, Premier Moe, and Premier Kenney.
… PM Pathetic will just start running, tail between his legs.
commented 2018-02-02 18:33:09 -0500
They’d be better off with a revolution because the people have already been sold out. The whole election process from start to finish is nothing but a formality, with not much different than what you find in other corrupt countries.