TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - The first full week of the provincial
campaign ends today, and it's been a bad one for Tim Hudak and his PCs.
On Saturday, September 10, Matt Gurney wrote a column in the National
Post criticizing Hudak's "foreign worker nonsense," and suggested the
PCs need to provide clarity on "exactly how long must someone born
outside of Canada, but now a citizen, spend in the province before they
stop being a foreigner and start being Ontarian?" Hudak, to this point,
has not provided that clarity.
On Sunday, we learned that Hudak wouldn't demand any further action from
Randy Hillier after Hillier revealed that he hid information about
outstanding taxes from the integrity commissioner. Later in the week,
Ottawa Citizen columnist Ken Gray put it this way: "So OK. Taxes aren't
being paid in the household. There's a strike. Hillier misread the
form. There's a strike. Hillier neglected to tell the integrity
commissioner. Strike three. You're out. Resign." (Ken Gray,
On Monday, John Ivison wrote in the National Post that Hudak's attacks
on 'foreign workers' "distort not only the facts but the scale of the
program," which shows that the Hudak PCs are "not ready for prime
On Tuesday, CAW Economist Jim Stanford released an analysis of the
statistics in Hudak's platform, and confirms that they are cartoonish,
misleading, mislabelling, inconsistent, inadequate, and incorrect.
On Wednesday, the Hamilton Spectator ran a column by Martin Regg-Cohn
that said the PC platform "takes a U-turn back to a retro Ontario - an
economic and social dead end" and is filled with gimmicks.
On Thursday, The Toronto Sun ran an editorial cartoon that showed the
wheels coming off the PC bus, and Sun columnist Christina Blizzard said
"Hudak has failed politics 101," and hasn't given anyone a reason to
vote for him.
And in this morning's Globe and Mail, columnist Adam Radwanski said that
Hudak comes off as "glib and snarly, like a caricature of an opposition
politician" who uses "carnival-style...props... joined by a striking
degree of negativity."
Every day that passes makes it increasingly clear that Hudak doesn't
have a plan for Ontario, a vision for the future, or a team he can rely
on. Only Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberals have the serious plan
and strong team to keep Ontario moving forward, together.
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