I’m a bit hesitant to even start a discussion on this subject but Christina Blizzard’s column is just too intriguing to ignore: PC Leader Tim Hudak faces leadership challenge.
It seems a small Tory faction in London wants to bring up the question of a leadership vote in next month’s party meeting.
This frustration with Tim Hudak’s popularity (or lack of it) seems to come up over and over, but more often than not I’m seeing the topic bandied about by Liberal and NDP supporters and media rather than from within the PC ranks.
So if there is indeed some level of dislike for Tim Hudak among the actual voting public, is it their own perception or rather something that has been assimilated from propaganda spewed by third-party groups like “Working Families” and various other spin-masters?
[That last link is a tweet by someone who calls himself "Chief of Staff to MGS Minister John Milloy"]
In any case a leadership change at this point would make the PC Party very vulnerable and as been pointed out in Blizzard’s column, the Liberals can’t be trusted to refrain from taking advantage of the situation.
My personal opinion is that PC Party members and supporters should get behind Hudak and hang in there until the next general election. Then let the chips fall where they may depending on the outcome.
But the internal bickering has got to end now – one way or the other.
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Fellow Blogging Tory Luc Schulz has also covered this story – Anti-Hudak movement bound to fail.
High expectations weigh heavily on Tim Hudak: Adam Radwanski. (Could be under a paywall) The item that caught my eye is this:
In this case, Mr. Hudak suffered from raising expectations, or at least allowing others to raise them on his behalf.
That seems to be more the fault of the pollsters than Hudak IMO. In fact it is a classic ploy to raise unrealistic expectations regarding your opponent so they can be dashed later and then obsess about how so and so blew it. Just makes me a little suspicious. In any case polls should be ignored. Period.
And speaking of polling – Mixed results for polls in Ontario by-elections – 308, which is an excellent site for election coverage:
Ottawa South was the worst polled riding of the five, with the polls suggesting Matt Young would win easily against John Fraser. Instead, Fraser won by just under four points…
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…But this is a problem for the pollsters to figure out – they shouldn’t put out numbers if they know them to be potentially faulty.
But media outlets often commission the polls so there is pressure to produce.
Don’t give up on Tim Hudak just yet – Sun News.
Knifing Hudak doesn’t help the Tories – Sun Editorial