The hottest ticket in Toronto on Tuesday may not be for the Leafs or Raptors, but for the public gallery at Queen’s Park.
The legislature resumes sitting after a lengthy Christmas break and we can expect high drama when the Speaker calls the session to order.
Before the break, Patrick Brown was in the front row of the opposition benches, seemingly as the premier in waiting; now he’s gone as leader of the Ontario PC Party and gone as a member of the PC caucus. Yet with Brown’s new-found confidence, on full display with his denials of the allegations against him, speculation is rampant that Brown will show up for Tuesday’s session.
Clearly, there’s no love lost between Brown and interim PC leader Vic Fideli. The friction that Brown’s presence would create would only deepen the rift in the Tory caucus.
But, that’s the shipwreck that is the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party these days; instead of coasting to victory, the PCs have hit a massive iceberg.
Only a few months ahead of an election, they lack a permanent leader and a platform. Already some voters are asking, if these guys can’t even govern their own party, why should we think they can govern Ontario?
It’s a good question, and, as of Tuesday, they don’t seem to have a good answer.