Though they are at opposite ends of the political spectrum, the provincial PCs should find some encouragement in the surprising win by the provicial Liberals in Ontario last week. And they sure can use something positive to cling to.
The minority Ontario Grits were in trouble after being forced into the election when their budget was defeated and poll after poll had them being pushed from office.
They had a new leader — Kathleen Wynne — and were fighting against opposition attacks about scandals that blew up and controversial decisions made under the previous premier.
Despite all the gloom and doom about the prospects of a victory, lo and behold, the Wynne forces ended up with a majority government after all the ballots were counted.
In the aftermath, Ontario Tory leader Tim Hudak has quit and NDP leader Andrea Horwath is fighting to keep her job.
Why wouldn’t the provincial Tories be encouraged by that outcome? They will have a new leader of a party that has been in office for a decade, which has lots of political baggage to overcome.
Like the Liberals in Ontario, the PCs in this province are also low in the polls and aren’t given much of a chance of retaining power in the next general election, which must be called before the summer of 2015.
The Tory leader — whoever that may be — will also need the unintended co-operation of the opposition parties.
In Ontario, the Tories and NDP failed to sell their platforms and vision to voters and squandered their chance to finish off a vulnerable administration.
The Tories in this province will have to hope for a repeat of circumstances if they are to win like Wynne.