Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod is being touted as the new Progressive Conservative leader.
That was the view of none other than former long-time Ottawa area MPP Norm Sterling. Sterling believes MacLeod can replace PC leader Tim Hudak who packed it in after Thursday’s disastrous Ontario election loss.
Certainly MacLeod has an every-woman charm with which Ontarians can identify. But MacLeod needs to leave the far right-wing stance of Hudak where the province’s voters put it. In Canada, one rules from the centre. Former premier Bill Davis knew that. But Hudak moved the PCs right, leaving the mass of voters to others. The result was his two election losses as PC leader. MacLeod must occupy the space that Davis did.
MacLeod must just be herself. That’s a good package. But she must also stay away from actions that get her kicked out of the legislature. That’s not the Lisa I know.
You’ve come a long way, baby.
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