Will John Tory’s ‘prudent’ leadership be tough enough to tackle Toronto’s big issues if he’s re-elected?
I was surprised to learn that the Tories have been losing votes and losing seats in most ridings in Hamilton, Barrie, and York Region for a decade, a sad testament to a leader who has not changed much since winning power in 2004.
In this interview, Tory reacts to the revelation that his wife is the wife of the founder of Sun News Network, and shares his vision for how to build a new party that will win the next election…
I would love to talk more about a Toronto-centric perspective in politics, but my wife’s family and business are based in Toronto and she has an annual trip to the city, which is the first time I have been able to do so.
She mentioned in a recent interview that she loves Toronto and would like to see us stay. I have told her many times that we need to have a very strong relationship with Toronto before we put a family in Toronto.
It will be interesting to see who the next leader of the Ontario PCs will be. The first test won’t be about keeping the seat, it will be about keeping the party in the seat – either by re-election or by winning it in a new seat or by getting more seats in the future and reducing the number of party members in the caucus.
John Tory is the son of the late Joe, the former federal cabinet minister of the interior.
John Tory has been a Liberal and then a New Democrat before being elected as the PC Party leader. While he has been a good leader, his leadership style and character have been questioned, especially by his own party members.
John was elected leader of the provincial PC party in 2004 by the narrowest of margins in Hamilton-Wentworth. Since then, his party has gone from strength to strength.
The Tories were always a very divided party, but John proved to be an excellent communicator and that was always a strength. Even when he had