Hudak on the Health Premium

TORONTO, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - On Monday, Tim Hudak told Ontarians that if he had his way, he would take $3 billion out of health care. This was in direct contradiction to where he and his party stood last Thursday. Which was completely different from where they stood the day before that.

Here is what's being said about Hudak and the health premium:

  • "Yet the only change he has offered up is eliminating the local health integration network bureaucracies. That's a savings of some $70 million. That won't go far in an overall health budget of $46 billion. "If Hudak does stick to his party's commitment from the last election to repeal the health tax, he'll be digging himself a $3-billion hole in the budget. That hardly seems likely to improve health services." (Toronto Star, February 9, 2011)
  • "…a stunning about-face." (Toronto Sun, February 9, 2011)
  • "Granted, there are a great many beer drinkers in this province and if Hudak could get all of them to vote PC in October, he'd probably be Ontario's next premier. "There's a difference, however, between being a beer drinker and being impaired. In other words, Hudak is going to have to offer Ontario beer drinkers a great deal more than cheaper suds to get their votes.… "There's confusion, for example, about whether or not an Ontario Tory government would scrap the health tax. A PC news release says no, but Hudak later said it's still a possibility.… But again, Hudak is clearly prepared to appeal to the lowest common denominator to get votes." (Barrie Examiner, February 9, 2011)
  • "The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party has flip-flopped on a key plank in its campaign platform for the upcoming provincial election, and retracted a pledge to keep the health-care premium." (globeandmail.com, February 7, 2011)
  • "Hudak flips on future of Ontario health tax four days after saying he'd keep it." (Canadian Press, February 7, 2011)
  • "Tories flip-flop on health tax." (torontosun.com, February 7, 2011)
  • "Are Tories for or against health tax? It's hard to tell." (torontostar.com, February 7, 2011)
  • "Hudak repeatedly refused to explain why scrapping the health care tax was now being considered, and why the PC party had a completely different position just days ago." (ctv.ca, February 7, 2011)

It must be hard to keep your stories straight when you're trying to cover up the fact that the only thing you stand for is cutting $3 billion from Ontario's health care system.

SOURCE Liberal Caucus Service Bureau

For further information:

Fahim Kaderdina
fkaderdina@liberal.ola.org
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