Christine Elliott has run for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives three times. The first two times she lost. Martin Regg Cohn writes that she was the right choice then and she's the right choice now. But this time the party platform represents a return to pre-historic times:
Modern sex-education in our schools? Roll it back to the 20-year-old curriculum we had two years ago, say most of the leadership rivals.
A future-oriented environmental policy on global warming? Put it in the deep freeze, the candidates chorus, lest they be burned at the stake by those fiery grassroots.
Walking a tightrope between Tory party diehards and the rest of Ontario — a living, breathing, provincial body politic that grasps global warming and gets sex-ed — isn’t as hard as it sounds. In normal circumstances, it’s easy as apple pie and fruitful lies.
But Doug Ford has been calling the tune -- and Mr. Ford "rarely knows what he’s talking about, but at least he knows what he believes in."
So, once again, the party is twisted in knots -- because it fails to recognize what the American novelist Thomas Wolfe wrote eighty years ago: You can't go home again.