The contenders for the job as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party made a swing through London on Jan. 26 for the second of a planned five leadership debates.
Lisa McLeod, Monte McNaughton, Patrick Brown, Vic Fedeli and perceived front-runner Christine Elliott, stepped behind the podium to make their case to the more than 270 party faithful in attendance at the London Convention Centre.
The debate, which was moderated by Ontario PC Party president Richard Ciano, also gave party members who were in attendance as well as the 160 that sent questions in online, a chance to poll candidates for their position on a variety of subjects. These ranged from the proposed provincial pension plan and environmental policies to the Liberals intention to update Ontario’s sex-education curriculum this fall.
So far, the response to the debates has been “super” said Ciano, especially now that they are into the new year, ‘It is turning into a really vibrant contest.”
While there are many questions being asked of the candidates, there are two recurring themes that Ciano said he is hearing consistently from members so far. These boil down basically to what are you going to do differently than from the past and what is going to be their positive vision for the PC party itself and ultimately the province said Ciano.
The next debate in the series is scheduled to take place in Ottawa on Feb. 11, followed by Toronto on April 15. The fifth and final is slated for broadcast on TVOntario May 1.