Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: New Face, Old Name in Ontario PC Race

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: New Face, Old Name in Ontario PC Race

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Editorial Exchange: New face, old name in Ontario PC race


An editorial from the Winnipeg Free Press, published Feb. 6:

The sudden appearance of Caroline Mulroney in the Ontario political firmament is just the latest surprise in the fast-changing politics of Canada's largest and wealthiest province. Her candidacy opens the intriguing prospect that Brian Mulroney's daughter might take over running Ontario while Pierre Trudeau's son continues to govern Canada.

Ms. Mulroney, a 43-year-old commercial lawyer and investment banker, had already tested the political waters by seeking and winning the Progressive Conservative nomination to run for the York-Simcoe seat in the Ontario legislature in this year's June 7 provincial election. Then all of a sudden last week, Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown announced he was quitting the leadership after being accused -- falsely, he maintains -- of sexual impropriety.

No sooner had the party found itself an interim leader than party president Rick Dykstra also resigned, saying he, too, was quitting in the face of unproven sexual impropriety charges. By then, however, the party had launched a snap leadership race to have a standard-bearer in place for the imminent election campaign.

Doug Ford gave up asking to be mayor of Toronto and entered the Tory leadership race. He will bring with him many of the fans who admired his late brother, the variously addicted Toronto mayor Rob Ford. He may also appeal to those Tories who can't stand the thought of a Liberal lesbian as leader of Ontario, in the person of Premier Kathleen Wynne, whose terrible polling numbers seem to foreshadow electoral defeat.

Since the men who have been running the PC party keep running into trouble, it seems to some Ontario Conservatives like a good idea to choose a woman as leader. …

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