Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fresh from the rumour mill: PCPO leadership contestants' membership sales

Stephen Taylor is reporting the following membership sales according to "a source close to the [Ontario PC] party."

Elliott: just over 8,000
Hillier: just over 3,100
Hudak: just under 7,000
Klees : just over 9,000
New memberships not attrubuted to a leadership candidate: 6,500

I've heard elsewhere that these numbers are very close to accurate.

Taylor also mentions that the CP reported that Elliott is way ahead of Hudak in fundraising, having raised ten times what he did.

If these numbers are representative of what's actually going on with the PCPO, the leadership vote might end up being more interesting than most had expected.

Cross posted to The Shotgun.


Simeon (Sam) George Drakich said...

Red Tory Elliot another John Tory, McGuinty will have another mandate.

Janet said...

Simeon - at the beginning of this leadership race I would have agreed with you, but Elliott has released much more sound fiscal policy than any other candidate - not something Tory could ever hang his hat on.

I hardly think she can be categorized as a Red Tory any more.

Simeon (Sam) George Drakich said...

Christine's only policy plank is a flat tax.She lacks any policy of substance, all spin.
Her numbers are easily disputed as memberships have not been inputted.
Track Right is a mess, memberships are lost ! President Ken Zies was informed his membership expired like many others including myself.

Janet, hope you can make the Amherstburg Ice Cream Festival?

Janet said...

Sam - you might enjoy this roundup of policies from each candidate as of a few weeks ago (since then Hudak has pledged to scrap the HRCs, and good on him.)

I don't think Elliott's policy proposals are substantially mushier than Hudak's (or Klees', who hasn't announced nearly as much.)

Hillier is the only one who can't be criticized for taking mushy stances, but he hasn't taken a stance on many of the most important policy areas in the province.

I'll look forward to more substantial policy proposals as the race continues!

And an ice cream festival *does* sound right up my alley. ;)

Simeon (Sam) George Drakich said...

Randy, has set the bar for the leadership race in policies, the other candidates are playing catch up.

See you at the ice cream festival

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