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Lorne Kenney, Liberal candidate for Simcoe-Grey in the June 12 Ontario provincial election.
Lorne Kenney, Liberal candidate for Simcoe-Grey in the June 12 Ontario provincial election.
(Roy MacGregor/The Globe and Mail)

The view from an Ontario Tory stronghold

It seemed a simple enough idea.

Find an impenetrable, unshakeable riding, one where not even the leader showing up for the debate with the fingers of one hand crossed behind the back and the other hand in the till could rattle the loyal locals enough to choose otherwise.

A place like Simcoe-Grey, where nothing, absolutely nothing beyond the riding borders – Georgian Bay to one side, the outskirts of Barrie on the other – can stop these rolling hills and farmland and small towns from staying Tory blue.