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Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak is shown in Toronto on Nov. 19, 2013.
Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak is shown in Toronto on Nov. 19, 2013.
(Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail)

Why Hudak has reason to fear the Ontario by-elections

For Tim Hudak, “by-election” is a dirty word.

Already saddled with a grim record in such contests, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader suffered greatly for his party’s showing in a slate of them last summer. Although the Tories arguably didn’t do that badly, picking up one of the five seats held to that point by the governing Liberals, their failure to claim any of the other four prompted a mini-revolt against Mr. Hudak’s leadership that generated weeks of bad press before being quashed at the PCs’ September convention.