Doug Holyday, the ever-present wallflower when there’s explaining to do
When the going gets rough, Doug Holyday is a good guy to have in the corner of your photo.
The former city councillor and Rob Ford’s deputy mayor is barely in the door as an MPP at Queen’s Park, but is already starring in the same role for Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak as he did for Ford.
On the many occasions when the Ford Bros. appeared before reporters to deny or dismiss something or other in the news, Holyday would be prominently positioned behind them, lending an air of legitimacy to their obfuscation.
Many people saw him as the rock of the Ford administration, a loyal lieutenant known for fiscal prudence and a more sober approach to the city’s business than his boss.
He is perceived as solid, faithful and a resolute statesman – widely admired qualities, and a necessary counterpoint to the Fords – which is why he was so valued when it came time to dissemble on the latest escapade.
Holyday’s role was to provide the song-and-dance with a reassuring presence, and it worked, at least with the Ford faithful.
So it was no surprise that when Hudak met with reporters Monday to explain that MPP Peter Shurman was turfed as the Tory finance critic for refusing his request to pay back a $20,000 housing allowance, Holyday was prominent alongside him.
The story about it on thestar.com includes a photo of a pensive Hudak, with just one other person in the frame – Holyday.
Hudak has figured out that Holyday’s gravitas is a valued commodity during the song and dance. Look for him to serve the Glorious Leader in a similar capacity, the next time there’s explaining to do.