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PC leadership candidate John Ottenheimer added a few more planks to his campaign platform Tuesday, a rare event in this mostly undercover race.

The three candidates — Paul Davis, Steve Kent and Ottenheimer — made a bit of a splash when they announced they were running in the do-over race brought about when the only candidate remaining in the previous race, Frank Coleman, withdrew.

Not much has happened since.

In fact, it’s been a bit of a snooze compared with the previous failed race that had twists and turns almost daily.

The provincial PC party is likely happy with the sensible and respectful way this runoff is proceeding.

The drama from the last attempt to get a leader left the party with a black eye where many in the public were concerned.

There is, however, a downside to the low-key, non-controversial way this campaign has developed.

The provincial Tories are in serious need of rebuilding support among voters and that will first require that voters pay attention to them and what they are saying.

The three candidates are likely concentrating on winning backing from convention delegates in order to win the leadership first and worry about charming the rest of the population later. But that could backfire when the votes are counted after the next general election within the coming months.

If the PCs are hoping for a bump in support from the electorate, they had better hope their convention is more interesting than the leadership campaign has been up until now.

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  • Henry
    August 06, 2014 - 12:04

    Planks more like rotten boards!!!