Conventional wisdom suggests that there will be a Provincial election in Ontario next Spring.
The PC’s have not done very well in cities in the last few elections and it could be argued that Toronto’s support for the Liberals in the last election was what kept the McGuinnty Liberals in power at Queens Park.
Hudak wants some of that Toronto action and he’s willing to wager big bucks to make it happen.
He’s saying that if he becomes Premier, he will scrap LRT plans for cities like Hamilton , Mississauga and Ottawa , but he will commit millions of dollars to Toronto to pay for Mayor Rob Ford’s Subway plans.
That means he’s ready to throw Hamilton , Ottawa and Mississauga under the LRT train, so to speak, to buy Toronto votes.
Cancelling LRT plans won’t endear Hudak to those cities that have been planning for, and anticipating the arrival of LRT for some time now, but he may figure that those cities haven’t voted Tory Blue for some time now.
But, neither has Toronto.
That’s why placing all of his chips on Toronto, a city who’s political sweet spot is somewhat left of centre, is a big gamble.
It’s a bold move and given the fickle nature of Ontario voters, who knows what will happen.
Hudak has either punched his ticket for the Premier’s Office, or written his political epitaph.