Over the course of February, the province and rest of Canada saw a political saga unfold in Ontario that was nothing short of explosive.
The Ontario Progressive Conservatives, long called the party that knows how to REALLY lose an election, have tempted fate once more just four few months out as Patrick Brown was unceremoniously discarded as party leader in late January, and the party was thrown into a power struggle.
Over the course of a weekend, the party elite got together and went 12 rounds with each other leading to an eventual draw.
Without a completely clear consensus, they decided to hold a short leadership race to crown the next leader of the party.
Four entrants tossed their names in – Tanya Granic-Allen, Christine Elliot, Caroline Mulroney, and Doug Ford.
Oh, also eventually Patrick Brown, and then not Patrick Brown. Regardless of that drama, when considering the four other candidates, Doug Ford poses a real threat to the party establishment and is likely a strong challenger to Kathleen Wynne should he take the race.
Ford has been flirting with this run for years and put forward a different version of himself, more reserved and friendly, than his bombastic term as a Toronto city councilor. In doing so, he also courted a number of issues from across the political spectrum designed to gin up as much interest as possible.
Call him Kevin O’Leary lite if you want, but the man knows how to create intrigue. In our PC Party candidate video series, we’ve made jokes about the anal sex lady, talked about Caroline Mulroney’s space-lizard ruling roots and way more.
When it comes to Doug Ford, one question remains – is this new Doug Ford for real or just a ploy?
Only the mistress of time will tell, but we’ve seen him throw down a tough gauntlet in debates and on the campaign trail. Should he become the leader there is a tough road ahead with only months to glue together a fractured party.
On top of that he still needs to defeat the down but not out Liberals, an NDP that has been breathing back to life in the last couple weeks, and a Green Party that may actually be able to drive a wedge in Ontario after decades.
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