I recently accepted a friend's invitation to join him at an Oakville luncheon to hear PC leader John Tory speak. (I never turn down a free lunch.)
And the lunch was good, even if Tory's talk was a bit bland.
OK in terms of style the speech was pretty good; Tory displayed wit and a sense of humour and he didn't drone on.
But there was not a lot in his speech I would call "conservative". Nothing in it, in other words, to mobilize or rally his base.
Yes, Tory talked about the need for honest government and how we needed a Premier we could trust, which is all fine.
Yet instead of calling for lower taxes he promised "reasonable" taxes. To me the only reasonable tax is one that's lower!
He also promised "responsible, disciplined spending". Is that the same as less spending? Somehow I doubt it.
And he also rattled off a list of groups that needed more government money: farmers, seniors, etc.
In other words, Tory wants to wage this election battle over the question of who can run a socialist government more efficiently.
That means, of course, it doesn't really matter who wins the election. Nothing will change.