Decides to hide real plan from voters
TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ - After badmouthing Ontario's Human Rights
protections for years and making their elimination a central plank in
his campaign to become leader, Tim Hudak confirmed his plans to gut the
Human Rights Commission but now tried to hide his intentions in less
During the Ontario PC Leadership race in 2009, Hudak made "scrapping"
the Tribunal a central plank of his platform saying it was a position
of "principle". Today we learned that Hudak has quietly dropped the
word "scrap" and is instead promising to "fix" the Tribunal.
"If you want to know what Tim Hudak means when he says he wants to 'fix'
human rights, ask a veterinarian," said Liberal MPP Bob Chiarelli.
"Tim Hudak is working overtime to put a nice smile on his extreme agenda
and the team of right wing radicals he has attracted as candidates for
his party," Chiarelli added. "But that doesn't change the fact that he
wants to gut human rights protection in Ontario."
It appears Hudak is taking the political advice of PC MPP Christine
Elliot who has publicly urged Mr. Hudak to quit talking about his real
plan for Human Rights saying it would hurt the party in the 2011
election. "If we take the position Tim is advocating, it would be a
gift to the Liberals, one they could exploit as ruthlessly as they did
with the faith-based funding", Elliot has been quoted saying. (Stoney
Creek News May 29, 2009)
"Tim's double speak on Human Rights is part of a pattern that speaks to
Hudak's judgment," continued Chiarelli. "On the eve of an election, he
wants us all to believe he's changed his spots. I don't buy it, and I
don't think Ontarians will be fooled either."
SOURCE Liberal Caucus Service Bureau
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