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May 12, 2015

In the run up to last Saturday’s PC leadership convention, I was going to write a post about the process.

It was long, complex and lacked meaningful content. There were few debates. Most of the campaign was dominated by sniping between the two camps.

The Tories’ one-member-one-vote method of picking a leader doesn’t have the eye-catching drama you get with a Liberal delegated convention. There’s not much of a publicity bump from such a convention. Before Saturday, I was going to suggest they gack to a delegated convention.

On the day of the convention, as the results rolled out, I changed my mind. It’s a dull as ditchwater process with 20 minutes of excitement as the results roll in from every riding across the province.

i had to admit to myself that this is a much more democratic way of picking a leader. It is up to the grassroots to get out and vote. There are no backroom deals, no convention-floor betrayals.

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