The truth finally dawned on Kathy Dunderdale and she called it quits Wednesday. The premier, who will be finished Friday, fell out of favour with the public months ago and apparently many of her followers began turning on her lately because they suspected she couldn’t lead them to victory in next provincial general election.
Dunderdale’s early success as premier came before her leadership style became fully known to voters. She smiled and was always upbeat during interviews but she never quite came across in public as approachable or likeable.
As time went on, support for her in poll after poll eroded until she was known as the least likeable premier in the entire country.
Worse than that, Dunderdale plodded along seemingly oblivious to her negative persona and kept telling anyone who would listen that she didn’t run the province according to poll results.
She frittered away the time she had to correct the negative impression the public had of her, and by association, her government.
Those in her caucus who wanted to push her out will now start elbowing their way to the front and making their leadership aspirations known. A leadership convention could be held as early as this spring and an election will come when the new Tory leader feels the time is right and the voters have forgotten about the Dunderdale era.
Between then and now will come a leadership race that could have a major impact on the result of the general vote.
If the PCs manage to devour each other while campaigning for the leadership, they could be in worse shape than they are now.
Turning around this damaged political ship won’t be easy. Just ask the Liberals who spent more than a decade rebranding theirs.