While one party offers a feel-good holiday, John Tory kicks off his campaign by offending people:
He says he meant nothing by it, but John Tory's reference to the University of Ottawa as "the U of Zero" could add up to a whole lot of trouble for the Ontario Conservative leader come election day.
In a 16-second video uploaded onto YouTube yesterday, Mr. Tory is shown chatting with a young man as he canvassed door-to-door in the Toronto riding of Don Valley-West. The man tells him he is a student at U of O.
"We used to call that U of Zero when we were there," Mr. Tory says. "Did you ever hear that, when you're there?"
"You expect more from a leader than a flippant comment," said Jim Watson, Liberal MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean.
Mr. Watson said the derogatory nickname is not reflective of the school's reputation.
Not quite the successful start the PC braintrust envisioned. Alienating potential voters, moaning about a holiday, guaranteeing a day of negative press, John Tory is on a early roll.