In his “On The Hill” blog, journalist David Akin reports that:
“Rona Ambrose is the most popular choice for Conservative leader – even more popular than headline-grabbing candidates Kevin O’Leary and Peter MacKay.”
He cites a Mainstreet poll that suggests, in his words, that “despite the fact she’s firmly ruled out wanting the permanent gig, Ambrose chalked up 26% support of likely Conservative supporters surveyed April 26-27. TV personality O’Leary – who doesn’t look like he’s going to run now – scored second with 20%. And the photogenic former justice minister MacKay clocked in at 16%.“
The Mainstreet poll data, from David Akin’s blog post.
David Akin asks: “What does this say about the state of the party that the top two choices among the Tory faithful probably aren’t even going to run for the job?” And he answers that: “It says that the status quo options suck. It says that all the former Stephen Harper cabinet ministers likely vying for the job fail to inspire.“
I, personally, am amongst the 10% “Undecided,” but I admit to liking Ms Ambrose for all of her personality (which does matter, like it or not), her work as interim leader and her somewhat (self described) libertarian social and economic views.
I agree that Mr O’Leary should be ruled out, on many grounds, beginning with the fact that he’s probably not even a Conservative, but I disagree that the others have failed to inspire; I think they need to get out and make some pronouncements to create some excitement for themselves.