According to just about every political poll, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown seems destined to win the next Provincial election and form the next government .
It’s easy to understand voter frustration in Ontario these days.
The soaring cost of hydro is a millstone around the neck of the Wynne government and pocketbook issues like that can be the undoing of any government.
But before Patrick Brown starts moving his furniture into the Premier’s office at Queens Park, he has some issues to deal with.
His flip flopping on the sex ed curriculum has many voters questioning his values.
More importantly though, Brown needs to deal with loose cannons on his team.
Maverick MPP Randy Hillier made headlines again last week for demeaning comments about NDP leader Andrea Horwath for wearing a hijab while meeting with Muslim leaders.
And recently elected Sam Oosterhoff , who hasn’t even been sworn in as an MPP, was critical about a bill to make it easier for same sex couples to adopt.
That kind of intolerance might play well in some ultra conservative, rural areas, but it won’t fly in the voter rich GTA, and that is where Ontario elections are won or lost.
Just ask former PC leader Tim Hudak about that.
He thought he was on the way to certain victory in the last election against an unpopular government and we know how that turned out.