You may not know it by looking at him, but Randy Hillier is Canada's Sarah Palin.
I don't just mean by politics, or demeanour, and certainly not by attractiveness. Hillier and Palin have one big thing in common: they like to set their own party brethens against one another.
Much like Palin and her escapades in Delaware, Alaska, and quite a few other races, Hillier, the Progressive Conservative MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, has stepped into several riding nomination races in order to boost the rural/libertarian Ontario Landowners Association (a group he headed up before), and their chances of nominating a candidate in ridings in Eastern Ontario. The biggest one people have talked about to date has been Carleton-Mississippi Mills, where Norm Sterling, a fairly moderate PCer, has been a target of the OLA and Hillier, and where they recently attempted a takeover of the riding association (and failed). But, relatively new MPP Steve Clark, and 2006er Lisa MacLeod, have also been fighting off challenges from these Tea Party wannabes.
And, sticking with the Palin analogy it seems, PC Leader Tim Hudak is brushing it off as "democracy," much like the Republicans did down south, while most likely privately worrying about the impact on his chances of winning power. While the Republicans down south managed a strong win in the House despite the right-wingery of some members (they also failed to win seats as well), the same may not end up be true for Hudak, though who really knows. The reality is Hudak is facing somewhat of a revolt on his eastern flank, as Hillier attempts to be Palin and upset what he sees as the "status-quo." Hudak can't afford that, so what he does, remains to be seen, but lets hope he does something.
But for now, move on over, Shelly Glover - Canadian conservatives/right-wing nut jobs have a new messiah to look forward to. He may not be Jesus, and he may sound like a complete idiot at times, but by God, he'll return Ontario to what its founders envisioned, because he's Randy Hillier, and if he can't do it, then who cares, someone else is probably more qualified anyways.