Over the last session, the Progressive Conservatives have developed a reputation as the most colourful party at Queen’s Park.
In the legislature, they heckled the most, cheered the loudest and gave Leader Tim Hudak a standing ovation virtually every time he spoke.
Once, for a press conference attacking the Liberals over the costly cancellations of two gas fired power plants, they dressed up an office at the legislature to look like the back room of a police station from a TV show. The office, where the party’s summer interns were pouring over documents related to the scandal, even included a wall-sized chart with dodgy-looking photographs of Liberal cabinet ministers and staffers.
And so it is on the Tory bus.
En route to a photo-op at the site of one of the cancelled plants Sunday, Tory spokesman Will Stewart unveiled the campaign’s new ”mascot”: a piece of rock from the demolished Mississauga facility.
“His name is Billionaire,” Mr. Stewart said, a reference to the pricetag for the cancellations. “But his friends call him Billy. Billy the Rock.”
The PCs even created a parody infomercial hawking rocks from the gas plant sites.
“This keepsake is made of equal parts concrete tax dollars and cynical politics,” a female narrator enthused in the ad, shown to reporters on the bus. “As an Ontarian who will foot the bill from this boneheaded move, you’re entitled to your own.”
Asked if the spot would be airing when the ban lifts this week, Mr. Stewart said no. The Tories had created it purely to amuse the media on the drive to Mississauga.
After all, the party has a reputation to uphold.