Fact Check - PC party has a leadership challenge… again

TORONTO, May 10, 2014 /CNW/ - PC candidates and grassroots members from across Ontario are clearly uncomfortable with Tim Hudak's promise to fire 20 percent of their teachers, fire fighters and first responders, undermining his already-weak leadership.

Hudak has said if he gets a chance he will fire 100,000 people who deliver frontline services like paramedics, food safety inspectors, and early child education workers.

Harold Wilson, PC candidate in Thunder Bay Atikokan, is having a hard time supporting his leader's position. He told people his constituency would be exempt from these cuts and states: "I don't see this as having an impact here." He then goes on to contradict Hudak, who says the cuts will definitely include teachers. Wilson says he would like to see no cuts made to providers of frontline services. (http://bit.ly/1oBxfVx)

This hasn't been the only challenge to Hudak's leadership recently. Frank Campion, PC candidate in Welland says he will "fight tooth and nail" against his own leader's plan for Welland hospital closures.  (http://bit.ly/1ldpwMs)

And the Windsor Star reports "The new Ontario PC party candidate in Essex shares the same view that got the last one kicked out." More dissention in the ranks. (http://bit.ly/1sdOwEt)

Former Progressive Conservative candidate Tamara Johnson says she may throw her hat in the provincial election as a Libertarian candidate in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding. She doesn't support Hudak's leadership. (http://bit.ly/RzrXia)

Tim Hudak, PC leader for now?


SOURCE: New Democratic Party of Ontario

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