Now, the grimmest news yet has emerged from Mr. Tory's own backyard, where he is trailing badly behind his Liberal opponent, according to an Ottawa Citizen/COMPAS poll.
The poll shows Mr. Tory with the backing of 37 per cent of decided voters in the race for the riding of Don Valley West, well behind the 52 per cent for Liberal Kathleen Wynne.
Decided voters in that Toronto riding are giving the Green party six per cent support and the NDP five per cent. The poll, which surveyed 333 voters between Sept. 25 and Sept. 29, is considered accurate within 5.6 percentage points 19 times out of 20.
That is a huge gap and with little evidence of vote splitting, Tory looks doomed.
Trivia time. John Tory made the following comment today, as he flipped on faith based schools:
"On this issue, I have been open and honest about my views, and the motivation behind them," he said.
"I have been clear today, before the election, that there will be a free vote and I have declared my own position in the matter; and I have always had the same position in public as I have had in private."
Can someone find the quote during this campaign, where Tory spoke about a "free vote"? Why the clarification, if today's announcement is consistent? Tory argues that he held a conference call with all his MP's, called a press conference, to announce nothing new. Leadership might matter, but apparently common sense doesn't.