Tories may need to take a softer approach to win over voters

Expert weighs in on upcoming leadership battle

A kinder, gentler Progressive Conservative party may rise from the ashes of Tim Hudak's Tories.

That's a quality University of Toronto Political Science Professor Nelson Wiseman says the new leader would have to project.

Wiseman points to a gentler approach both personally and policy-wise. He says the party would then appeal to a broader range of people.

While Wiseman says rebuilding the party successfully is important, he thinks a bigger influence on how the Tories will do in the future is if the Liberals falter while in power.

He says the Tories need to focus on a few things moving forward such as working on policy, finding candidates and fundraising.

A few names have been tossed around as a potential successor to Hudak: Deputy Leader Christine Elliott, Energy Critic Lisa MacLeod, former-MPP Peter Shurman and a few federal conservative MPs.

Hudak will step down as leader on July 2nd. An interim leader will then be chosen.

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  1. Fed up posted on 06/19/2014 04:31 PM
    Fuck it, next time I'll just do door-knocking for the Libertarians instead of the PCs. Apparently Ontario is stupid enough to keep voting the lying, cheating, stealing, wasteful Liberals back in again and again; I may as well support a fringe party whose values lie closer to my own while the rest of you idiots try to kill us all.
  2. Frankie posted on 06/20/2014 10:02 AM
    The Conservatives are 100% to blame for their repeated losses at the polls. They were given the leadership on a silver platter thanks to the gross incompetence of McGuinty's Liberals yet never organized themselves properly, especially with their leaders and election plans.

    Chretien was masterful during the time the Conservatives rebuilt their party. That's what good planning looks like.
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