Pink Tory

In Canadian and British politics, a Pink Tory is a liberal member of one of the Conservative or Progressive Conservative parties, more liberal than a Red Tory. The term was often derisively applied to the 1971 to 1985 Ontario Progressive Conservative government of Bill Davis[1] by critics on the right, particularly Toronto Sun columnist Claire Hoy. In 2002, Jim Flaherty described rival leadership contender Ernie Eves as a "pink" Tory.[2] More recently the term has been used to describe socially progressive Conservatives who support same-sex marriage and are pro-choice.[3]


  1. Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Transcript of Debates (Hansard) May 14, 1992
  2. Ontario Liberal leader takes aim at incoming premier
  3. Hutchinson, Brian, "The overlooked Tory: The candidate you don't hear about in the Fry-Robinson showdown", National Post, January 12, 2006

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