Open Letter to Ms. Lynette Corbett - Chief of Staff, Tim Hudak

TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ -

Dear Ms. Corbett:

We have noted with amusement your staff's claims and complaints that Ontario Liberal events have been closed off to members of your campaign team. Given that you have also taken this patently false position with the news media, we thought it would be worthwhile to provide you with a brief refresher on your own secretive, paranoid approaches to encounters with the public.

In 2003, our campaign staff and yours agreed to mutual access of designated staff, who were credentialed and provided with reasonable amounts of access. In 2007, our parties had a similar agreement. Two of our campaign staff attended your leader's public events, and yours did likewise.

This year, your campaign managers broke with that tradition and imposed a policy of denying our staff any degree of access whatsoever. Over the past three months alone, we have catalogued the following instances of denied access by Ontario PC staff:

September  4, 2011 - Fundraiser, Bramalea-Gore-Malton
September 2, 2011 - Scotiabank Theatre Press Conference
September 1, 2011 - Amazing Party and Rental Etobicoke
August 31, 2011 - Ethnic Media Availability
August 30, 2011 - Kitchener Gaming Centre
August 30, 2011 - Fundraiser, Suncrest Drive, Toronto
August 29, 2011 - Bus Launch, Toronto
August 29, 2011 - Brampton Media Availability with Pam Hundal
August 28, 2011 - Chinese Medical Association AGM
August 26, 2011 - Business Leaders' Roundtable, Queen's Park
August 25, 2011 - Staples Announcement
August 24, 2011 - Eastern Ontario Corn Boil
August 23, 2011 - Hudak Media Availability at AMO
August 19, 2011 - Hudak Press Conference, CNE
August 18, 2011 - Media Availability, Queen's Park
August 17, 2011 - Hudak Leader's Dinner, Vaughan
August 14, 2011 - Hudak Volunteer Appreciation Barbeque
August 12, 2011 - Availability, University of Toronto Mississauga
July  28, 2011 - Kitchener Centre Luncheon
July 18, 2011 - Press Conference, Queen's Park

We have confidence in our leader, and our team. Our leader is a capable, effective communicator. We do not need to shield him from the presence of opposing campaign staff, as you have done with Tim Hudak. The fact that you have done so underlines the lack of confidence you have in your own leader.

When your campaign publicly acknowledges that it lied to the news media about access, we would be happy to enter into an open and transparent discussion about reinstating the approach both our parties took in 2003 and 2007.

Until then, your claims will be known for what they are — lies.

Yours truly,

[Original Signed]

Chris Morley

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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Ontario Liberal Media Office

416-961-3800 ext. 328

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