Tim Hudak to Emasculate Human Rights

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 offensive language. 

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

For further information:

Fahim Kaderdina
fkaderdina@liberal.ola.org 
416-325-9138


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