The Vancouver Scrum

On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Thursday, October 31, 2002

Tory to lead Tories?
... and other developments in the Prgressive Conservative leadership race.

The man with the ultimate name for a Progressive Conservative leader, John Tory, is apparently ready to announce that he will seek the leadership of the well, uh... Tories. Current Progressive Conservative leader Joe Clark has announced that he is retiring, and there will be a leadership convention to replace him in the middle of next year.

John Tory is currently the CEO of Rogers Communications, a company whose founder, Ted Rogers is a long-time Progressive Conservative supporter. Tory's reputation is that of a "Red" or contrist Tory; he was once the principal secretary to legendary Ontario Premier Bill Davis. Since then, he has also been commissioner of the Canadian Football League whiule not pursuing his business career.

Today's report, from the Toronto Star, contradicts previous reports, notably those from Globe and Mail columnist John Ibbitson, that Tory was not going to run for the party leadership. Some observers had thought that Tory's chancs of wining the PC party leadership would not be good against New Brunswick premier Bernard Lord. The fluently bilingual Lord has a good record in his time as New Brunswick premier, while Tory has never held elected office, and is a unilingual Torontonian; not a good combination when Conservative leaders have traditionally been from outside Ontario, and in a time where any major party leader in Canada is expected to speak passable French.

Elsewhere in the Tory leadership race, the Globe and Mail reports that current Tory House Leader Peter MacKay will be touring Cnada to gauge support for a possible leadership run. MacKay, son of former Tory cabinet minister Elmer MacKay, has often been mentioned as a future Tory leader. He's young (36) and photogenic, but he, like John Tory, is unilingual and is little-known west of the Maritimes.

The only declared Progressive Conservative leadership candidate is 76-year-old Heward Grafftey, who was a cabinet minister in Joe Clark's short-lived government.

As a side note. I'll be back posting semi-regularly now; I've been extremely busy in the last few days; not only have I been spending a lot of time on the Vancouver civic campaign trail, but I also have weird things like school to take care of... thanks for your patience, and for continuing to visit.
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