Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak won't face leadership review
Tories vote against amendment motion
Members of Ontario's Progressive Conservative party quashed a motion at a convention in London, Ont., today that would have paved the way for another leadership vote.
PC Leader Tim Hudak had been under pressure from a small group of displeased Tories who said they wanted a leadership review after the party's 2011 election loss.
After an election defeat, party rules dictate that there must be a leadership review. The group wanted the constitution amended so the vote could be held at any time.
The proposal would have required the support of 66 per cent of the 900 party delegates and was up for debate Saturday afternoon.
Hudak answered a lot of questions before the debate, responding to some about how after years his approval ratings have failed to improve.
Hudak said that polls will follow as a leader leads and promised that he would put out the party's "bold vision" for the province, believing voters will respond well.
He spoke to more than 900 delegates, reminding them that it was time to work together to get the job done.
Earlier newly elected Toronto MPP Doug Holyday and a group of 27 candidates and party officials signed a letter supporting Hudak, urging others to reject the proposal.
A Hudak supporter also wanted to make a "friendly amendment" to the motion that would have required the same rules to apply to the party president.
Hudak under fire after losses
Hudak has been under fire since his party won only one out of five byelections in August — the Toronto riding of Etobicoke Lakeshore.
The Liberals kept their hold on Scarborough-Guildwood and Ottawa South, while the NDP won London West and Windsor-Tecumseh.
Despite Hudak boasting that the party had finally made a breakthrough in Toronto — which they hadn't done for a decade, the losses seemed to be the last straw for some Tory members.
Hudak's recent troubles also include scandals with caucus members.
Hudak fired Peter Shurman from his job as finance critic after Shurman refused to pay back housing allowance.
He also demotes Randy Hiller after emails criticizing the party went public.
With files from The Canadian Press