Vacation over, right back to the shilling. :)
With the departure of Alvin Curling, the former Speaker of the Ontario Legislature, to become the new Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the Scarborough-Rouge River riding will be having a by-election on November 24, to elect a new MPP.
The Progressive Conservative candidate is Cynthia Lai.
Admittedly, this is going to be a tough riding for the PCs to win, as this riding has been held by Mr. Curling since 1985 and is considered to be an Ontario Liberal Party stronghold. That, and the Liberal candidate is current Ward 41 City Councillor, Bas Balkissoon - who has been councillor since 1988.
Hey, I know - let's start a campaign to convince Mr. Balkissoon to stay on as Ward 41 Councillor! We need you here!
Seriously, looking at Ms. Lai's experience in the community and her experience in business, she seems like an excellent choice and will do Scarborough-Rouge River proud.
Now, the constructive criticism part - the "Team Tory" thing ... It's convenient to have Mr. Tory's name be, well, "Tory", so it could be played that Ms. Lai is part of a true Tory team, but it reminded me a little too much of the Team Martin catchphrase. Blah ... :)
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