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When it comes to the Tory Gong Show presently being played out in Charlottetown, if we had a mallet here in the office we would have banged a gong long ago - with the hope that the action would signal the end to this hapless act.

But instead, and not unlike the 1970s amateur-hour on NBC, this Progressive Conservative implosion continues - much to the chagrin of many members of the once proud party.

The breakdown began when the knives were unsheathed in the Tories' back room. Out they came and headed swiftly for the head of former party leader Olive Crane.

Crane responded accordingly, refusing to leave the post to which she was duly elected before her time was up. But the pressure and the polls finally became too much. The damage from this public relations nightmare was done and the party's old boys club finally won out - she stepped down.

But what did backroom win?

From here it looks like they walked off with one of the ridiculous prizes often afforded to particularly bad contestants of the aforementioned Gong Show - two leaders for one party. From the Gong Show to now something akin to Sesame Street's two-headed monster trying to spell ‘run'.

But can a two-headed monster run without tripping?

Hal Perry was elected by the five-person caucus to be Opposition leader last Wednesday. The next day his caucus-mate, Steven Myers, was elected interim party leader by a combined vote from the party executive and the caucus. An opportunity to present a united front was tossed out the window by infighting. This party just can't get it right.

What is this saying to the electorate? Many must (or should) be questioning what would be in store for us if a party that can't manage its own affairs without disastrous results ever came to power?

Liberals and NDPers must be privately splitting their sides with laughter and celebrating over this.

There is no doubt that, on his own, either Hal Perry or Steven Myers would provide sound leadership for the party - but put them together and we predict more of the same, at least until a single, permanent leader is found - something similar to the opportunity squandered last week.

It doesn't matter how well Perry and Myers try to sell this coalition of leadership, or even what they accomplish together. All that matters in the politics of Opposition is public perception, and the perception is that this party is a mess.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • dave
    February 07, 2013 - 14:30

    now is the time mike currie

    February 04, 2013 - 16:48

    All this talk about who should be in charge clearly shows that this party is no better then the one presently in Government and has no interest in the province nor the people in it unless of course they are party members. Walking about drooling for their chance to feed at the taxpayers trough. I guess an honest politician is as extinct as the dodo bird.

  • Concerned Islander
    February 04, 2013 - 15:50

    This article is right on. How in the world will this ever work. One person can and should be doing this job. You are right the Ghiz team and NDP team are making a mockery out of this situation. This is doing absolutely nothing good for the Conservative Party. Someone must turn this around very soon. People are really confused and rightfully so. Get it right soon or you are paving the way for the Ghiz gang to get re-elected. I do hope the NDP Leader makes great strides this time around.

  • JOE
    February 04, 2013 - 12:47

    I have always been a conservative member. This past week has me questioning my vote next time around. I was always under the assumption a party worked together for the people of the province. Shouldn't we be in opposition with the Liberals and not ourselves. What I see from here it's all about power and who wants to feel big. Steven Myers should never have put his name forth in the first place when Hal Perry was elected for opposition leader last week. He should have jumped in with both feet and they all should have supported Hal and started (as they have been saying) working for the people of PEI. As far as the back room boys whoever you are if you are conservatives you should be ashamed of yourselves. You are not one bit better then the Liberals the way I see it. If you put all you politicians, no matter what color, in a bag I.m sure you would all come out together. The people on PEI are in trouble big time. If there is any honest people out there that would like to represent our once beautiful Island please put your name forth for the next election. The people matter and need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • brendagreen
    February 04, 2013 - 09:25

    I always thought a political party worked together.Have you ever seen two people agree on everything?If one of them couldn,t handle the job,pass on and find someone who can or else hang out a "Closed" sign and admit it-very disappointed