09.05.2013 09:07 AM

Peter Shurman, meet Mike Duffy, Pam Wallin and Mac Harb

What’s significant about this story about the main Ontario PC spokesman isn’t (a) that he’s now got the same problem Harb, Duffy, Wallin et al. have,  and it isn’t (b) that someone is going to call for an OPP investigation into a possible residence scam by a high-profile PC.

What’s significant – like this story yesterday, and other stories in previous days – is that someone (likely Hillier, Kouvalis, et al.) is clearly on a mission to destroy the Ontario PCs from within.  Why are they doing that? Beats me.  With an election literally just around the corner, I think it’s crazy.

Whatever the motivation, however, it once again reaffirms my view about what will ultimately be the outcome.

Premier Andrea Horwath.

22 Comments


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    James Calder says:

    I don’t think the NDP will form government until they start sounding like a social democratic populist party. She hasn’t done that yet.

    But, I do see PC’s turning in on themselves. It goes beyond some rebels in London West.


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    doris says:

    Can’t come soon enough!


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    Michael S says:

    Hillier. Randy had a fundraising BBQ in Lanark on Labor Day weekend.


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    patrick says:

    Is this the Ford plan to decimate from the inside, takeover and render the PC party to a rancid lump that speaks to the bitter, the fearful and the ignorant all in the service of corporate interests who want to destroy the unions, bring right to work legislation and finally, finally, bring a Ferris Wheel and much needed mall to the Portlands?
    Of course this emulation of their Tea Party idols will make the Conservative Party in Ontario irrelevant for the next 10 years but, hey, it’s all about being men of the people for the Fordists.


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    Michael says:

    Is someone destroying them from within, or is this being strategically leaked by one of the other parties?


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      Warren says:

      Maybe. But looks like an inside job to me.


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        Ottawa Civil Servant says:

        Wheels within wheels.

        This does not pass the smell test, and it will be damned by the public, but the guy verified that he did not have to live in the riding (which I think is wrong), so, therefore, his primary residence could be over 150KM away from Queen’s Park and be compensated by the taxpayer. To the private sector and the public at large, this doesn’t make sense, but the legislatures are run by lawyers and accountants and they are very good at obeying the letter of the law: Right, Warren?

        I find it all depressing that the press is distracted by the dumbest of stories, while PM and Baird meet with Putin, Obama lobbies for a new front, oil sands development to be decided and a million other, BIG itemes need to be settled. Surely there is more to politics in this country than $16 orange juice and MPP expense claims.


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          EB says:

          Why is it that when someone doesn’t like attention drawn to one particular story, they always make it sound like this is the only story being covered. I have been to the Star, Globe, and National Post sites, and I am pretty sure this wasn’t the only story available for serial clickers.


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    steve says:

    Ontario Wild Rose Party Partying. get r done boys.


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    Ronald O'Dowd says:

    Warren,

    Which party is second choice for most PC voters? If the PCs do almost go to zero, where does that vote logically go to? In my book, to Kathleen and she comes up the middle. But if the PCs stay home or spoil their ballots, then Andrea does become Premier unless Dix is her policy adviser!


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    Adam says:

    “Premier Andrea Horwath.” Gentlemen’s wager: I’ll take “Premier Tim Hudak”


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      Iris Mclean says:

      “Premier Tim Hudak”? Too funny! Ain’t gonna happen.


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    Kelly says:

    In my view the primarily motivational levers for conservative voters revolve around fairness. That’s why this stuff is so toxic to their support base. Their entire worldview revolves around a feeling that they are getting hard done by because of all those minorities, gays, athiests, vegetarins — anyone not like them — who gets some sort of perceived “unfair advantage” at the expense of “hard working taxpayers” that they as a crabby old white guys doesn’t get. So when politicians get extra it’s seen as really REALLY unfair and the tea partiers go apeshit.


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    Other Hockey Dad says:

    “…on a mission to destroy the Ontario PCs from within.” ? Isn’t that John Tory’s job?


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    David says:

    Horwath is making all the right moves. Slowly picking up respectability, momentum and tightly controlling her message. Notice how only her top people get to speak to the press? Gone are the days of wacked out lefties like Hampton and Kormos setting the NDP’s agenda. The Tories are that party now. The NDP is guided by centrist, populist, rational, pragmatists who understand that politics is not an ideas game but rather a game of cat and mouse with the fickle electorate. They are my pick for the next win.


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      Iris Mclean says:

      Yup. And this time they will be better prepared to assume power than the Bob Rae Dippers were.


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    Houland Wolfe says:

    This couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Peter Shurman is one of the nastiest noise-makers from the PC right wing, always complaining, never thoughtful. But a Premier Horwath is a game-changer. That prospect must enter Olivia Chow’s mind as she considers her options, including: 1) the decreasing possibility of a federal Cabinet post given the decreasing likelihood of a Mulcair government; 2) the challenge of being Mayor of the great city of Toronto to herd the cats on City council on a daily basis; and, 3) running provincially for the signal opportunity of a cabinet posting in a Horwath administration. It gives one paws for thoughts, yes?


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    A guest here says:

    I voted in Thornhill in the last election and remember that Shurman’s residence in NOTL was noted by the Liberal candidate, Bernie Farber. If my memory serves me right Shurman always insisted that it was a country get away and that his primary residence was an apartment 30 km from Thornhill in downtown Toronto.


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    deb s says:

    somedays I read about political machinations and I think…you know, we should give anarchy a chance;)


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    Joe Harrington says:

    Premier Horwath?

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


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    Patrick Deberg says:

    Well they elected hudack as leader. Now it’s time to elect the Tractor pull twins to leadership! It’s time for Randy Hillier and Blackjack Maclaren to take the reins of the PC party chuckwagon and head off to the finish line! I can’t wait…………

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