Provincial conservatives stand behind Tory as their leader - Metro US

Provincial conservatives stand behind Tory as their leader

What could have been a weekend of atonement for Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory turned into a old-fashioned party revival, completing his resurrection from embattled prince-in-exile to pulpit-thumping preacher ready to lead his flock into another bid to bring down the ruling Liberals.

Tory emerged from the party’s convention yesterday a leader reborn, confident that he’d restored the party’s faith in him and optimistic that the year ahead would be far better than the previous one.

The so-called “accountability” session — which was closed to reporters — could have turned ugly for Tory, who has fought to win over critics embittered by the party’s humiliating defeat in the 2007 election.

Meanwhile, voters made their way to a second day of advance polls yesterday for a byelection in the of riding of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, which Tory is running in.

The byelection happens March 5.

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