John Tory's Tories versus Caveman Caucus Ontario
Of the 26 MPPs John Tory's Tories elected at the beginning of the week, 15 of them or just over half are certified members of the supposed Caveman Caucus, Richie Rich's politicial antithesis yet also backbenchmates who have made it to the center. Led by Bill Murdoch, the group also includes past leadership candidate Frank Klees, plus Tim Hudak, Norm Miller, Jim Wilson, Toby Barrett, Jerry Ouellette, Ernie Hardeman, John Yakabuski, Garfield Dunlop, John O'Toole, Gerry Martiniuk, Ted Arnott, Randy Hillier and Bob Runciman. Now whereas John Tory and the Progressive Caucus of Norm Sterling, Elizabeth Witmer, Julia Munro, Christine Elliott, Ted Chudleigh, Bob Bailey, Laurie Scott, Joyce Savoline, Lisa MacLeod, Peter Shurman and Sylvia Jones are trying hard to decide what is next, they must look beyond their leadership woes and realize their party is splitting towards dichotomic political theory nobody can unite.
While the Cavemen see the use of a Reform motor under a Progressive Conservative paintjob as the key to future electoral success, as well as the way to stop a future Reform Party of Ontario breakthrough from happening in the next election, the Progressives see Green as the real key to future electoral success. With proof coming from voters in usually Tory safe rural Ontario ridings, like Dufferin—Caledon, Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound and others in Central Ontario region, where the Green Party of Ontario have been making some major waves with 15%+ points. John Tory may use his decision to merge religion and state as the major excuse to why this has all happened, but he must realize that under his leadership policy was advised by his party backroom, not developed by his party grassroots and that indeed leadership apparently matters.
On the other hand, both Reform and the Greens refused to allow policy to be created by a leader selected committee in their backrooms respectively, instead opted for their elected grassroots to bring in brand new election policy documents. In Ontario, the Progressive Conservative party have finally split into a two separate Progressive urban and rural Conservative factions, the only thing left to do is split into two separate parties or return back to each of their original principled stands as politicians independently. But whether it be a split Progressive and Conservative option in 2011 or separate Green and Reform options, the Ontario Tory option under John Tory can never replicate the Ontario Tories under Bill Davis and facing that fact may be the most painful for any PC politico in the United Loyal Empire today.