A Summary of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Leadership Race

By: Aedan Sara O’Connor

Ontario was ready for their election on June 7th. Incumbent Liberal and far leftist Kathleen Wynne, who had implemented a carbon tax, a new radical sexual education curriculum, raised the minimum wage to 14$, and significantly raised the deficit, was running against another open leftist NDP leader Andrea Horwath and a covert leftist, Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown. I believe that Brown would have kept Wynne’s main policies although he has flip-flopped on the issues. He used to espouse proper conservative values.

Then two women, one in high school at the time, came out with credible sexual harassment allegations against Brown. At the encouragement of his party he stepped down. After that, corruption allegations came out against Brown. It was alleged that he was involved in ballot stuffing in contentious ridings to get “more progressive than conservative” members into his party.

Speaking of,  “progressive conservative” is an oxymoron but I digress. The race to find the next party leader began and 4 candidates entered. Brown also entered at one point but then thankfully dropped out.

Tanya Granic Allen is the president of Parents as First Educators, a group that opposes Onatrio’s new sex education program. She is a true social conservative but lacked experience and likely would have done poorly in a general election. Christine Elliott is a former Member of Provincial Parliament, the Ontario ombudsman, and the wife of the late finance minister under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Jim Flahrety. She was considered to be a moderate but nowhere near to the extent Brown was. Doug Ford is a former city councillor, businessman, and brother of the late mayor Rob Ford. He is both a strong fiscal and social conservative. He has broad based appeal throughout the province as he stands against political elites and government insiders. Due to his strong conservative record I supported him through the leadership race. Caroline Mulroney is a Member of Provincial Parliament candidate and daughter of former prime minister, Brian Mulroney. She was also a moderate but lacked the experience Elliott had.

The major issues in the campaign were the carbon tax and the sexual education curriculum. The carbon tax is a tax upon the carbon content of fuels used. This was implemented supposedly to combat climate change but it ended up crippling the budgets of families and working class people as the price of energy skyrocketed. It is based on the premise that global warming is absolute and completely man-made, and only solved by government intervention. I believe that instead the free market will figure out how to create the means of fuel efficiency.

The new sexual education curriculum is quite controversial, not only because one of the developers was convicted child pornographer Benjamin Levin, but because the material is both age-inappropriate and agenda-driven. It teaches grade one students what vulvas and testicles are. It teaches kids that there are six genders. It includes material for sixth graders on anal sex and masturbation. I believe that sexual education should be left to mainly the parents and that any school sexual education should be about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.

The leadership race was marred with scandal. Many members did not receive their ballot in time and the voting method was convoluted as it involved both receiving something in the mail and an online process instead of the typical paper ballot. There were also  voting extensions.

Finally on March 10th Doug Ford was announced as leader with Christine Elliott coming in a close second. Ford  promised that the other three candidates will have prominent roles in his administration. Based on the current polling Ford will win about 44% of the popular vote, which based on Canada’s first past the post system, usually correlates with a majority government. This is largely based on Wynne’s unpopularity although I believe that it is in part due to Ford’s broad based appeal. I sincerely hope he wins, Ontario has become a have-not Province and I believe Ford can help reverse that.

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Aedan Sara O’Connor is the founder and CEO of Dame Right. While she is an American patriot, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. An avid political junkie and nerd, she created Dame Right when she saw a void to be filled in feminine conservative media. Her previous work has been featured in Daily Wire, The National Post, Rebel Media, Toronto Sun and Jerusalem Post.

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