Hudak Sides with Big Tobacco

Voted Against Protecting Kids from Cigarette Advertising

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontarians don't trust Tim Hudak with their health care for good reason.  He voted to allow cigarette makers to target ads to Ontario children.

Hudak was one of just 6 MPPs (all PCs) to vote against the Smoke Free Ontario Act - which made it harder for kids to buy cigarettes and harder for Big Tobacco to target kids with advertising.

In fact, it seems Hudak has a fascination with big tobacco.

Hudak's campaign manager Mark Spiro is also a big tobacco apologist who fought tougher cigarette labeling. (cbc.ca, December 9, 2010)

Hudak's deputy campaign manager Chad Rogers is also a big tobacco lobbyist.  And Hudak parachuted in another big tobacco lobbyist as his candidate in Richmond Hill.

Senior PC MPP Toby Barrett not only voted against the Smoke Free Ontario Act, but doesn't believe second-hand-smoke is dangerous, saying "the jury is still out on second-hand smoke… I have never seen a coroner's report indicating it as a cause of death." (Brantford Expositor, June 21, 2003)

It's no wonder that Ontarians don't trust the Hudak PCs with their health care. They chose to pander to Big Tobacco instead of putting our kids' health first.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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