Senior PC MPP Klees Off-Side with Rookie Leader Hudak's Policy

TORONTO, May 13 /CNW/ - Senior PC MPP Frank Klees sits on the board of directors of an energy company that has filed an application for a FIT contract - a program that rookie leader Tim Hudak is so strongly opposed to that he says he will scrap it - for the Mar Wind Project; a huge 240 MW project on the Bruce Peninsula.

Klees sits on the board of Tribute Resources and holds stock options in the company (MPP Public Disclosure Statements, 2010. Click on public disclosures>2010).

Klees is thumbing his nose at his rookie leader in support of the McGuinty Liberal plan for Ontario to replace dirty coal with clean energy and make the province a world leader in clean energy jobs and innovation.

Hudak's short-sighted policy has drawn severe criticism from across the province, including from another senior PC MPP, Ernie Hardeman, who has already distanced himself from Hudak's plan (St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 11, 2011).

Klees and Hardeman join fellow PC caucus members who are critical of Hudak's knifing of long-time caucus stalwart Norm Sterling to please radical right-winger Randy Hillier.

Other caucus members who have distanced themselves from Hudak's leadership include:

  • Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Elizabeth Witmer who has openly criticized Hudak's pledge to scrap the McGuinty Liberal full-day kindergarten program;
  • Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones, who earlier this year contradicted her leader's pledge to scrap the Ontario Health Premium, which would take more than $12 billion out of health care over the next four years; and,
  • Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliott, who is an outspoken critic of Hudak's plan to gut human rights protection in Ontario.

Like many Ontarians, an increasing number of Hudak's colleagues are realizing that Hudak is just not right for them.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

For further information:

Fahim Kaderdina
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