After months of going through the steps of denial, reflection and acceptance we have now reached the point when the party can now move forward. Sunday we start the move forward…to election victory!
Tim Hudak has been reborn following a resounding speech Saturday afternoon to 1600 delegates and a 79% approval rating as the Leader of the Ontario PC Party. He has accepted what was, what has been and what could have been. It is only now after this weekend that the party can move on to what can be, what should be and what will be – a future as the governing party of Ontario.
The candidates for Party President also confessed to the delegates Saturday during their debate, but they were quick to move on, promising outreach, grassroots politics and hard work leading to the next election. During the morning session the speeches from candidates for Party Executive positions were also soothing to the PC soul with candidates promising to not repeat the sins of the campaign past, promising to work with the new President and making sure that the central campaign never again takes the controls and as hard they did last October.
With executive elections set for Sunday, we all will have done penance for the election that saw 16 new MPP’s elected, the Liberals left with a reduced Minority – BUT still no election victory since 1999.
So the checklist for the weekend is complete:
- Openly admit the shortcomings of the past election – CHECK!
- Swear to never have a central campaign have 100% control – CHECK!
- Reaffirm Tim Hudak as the Leader to take us to the next election – CHECK!
- Elect a new President and Executive charged with taking control and taking action that will lead the party (with the campaign team and Leader) to victory – Consider this done – CHECK!
I propose that we now go forward, never speak of the October election as anything but a reminder of what happens when the party does not listen to its Candidates, their teams and the Party members.
We can now leave the confessional ready to forgive but never to forget.
Through the weekend many will have tweeted, you can follow along with the hashtag #pcagm12. Feel free to jump in from wherever you will be this weekend.
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