Hudak's Bad Week

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - The first full week of the provincial campaign ends today, and it's been a bad one for Tim Hudak and his PCs.

On Saturday, September 10, Matt Gurney wrote a column in the National Post criticizing Hudak's "foreign worker nonsense," and suggested the PCs need to provide clarity on "exactly how long must someone born outside of Canada, but now a citizen, spend in the province before they stop being a foreigner and start being Ontarian?" Hudak, to this point, has not provided that clarity.

On Sunday, we learned that Hudak wouldn't demand any further action from Randy Hillier after Hillier revealed that he hid information about outstanding taxes from the integrity commissioner. Later in the week, Ottawa Citizen columnist Ken Gray put it this way: "So OK. Taxes aren't being paid in the household. There's a strike. Hillier misread the form. There's a strike. Hillier neglected to tell the integrity commissioner. Strike three. You're out. Resign." (Ken Gray,

On Monday, John Ivison wrote in the National Post that Hudak's attacks on 'foreign workers' "distort not only the facts but the scale of the program," which shows that the Hudak PCs are "not ready for prime time."

On Tuesday, CAW Economist Jim Stanford released an analysis of the statistics in Hudak's platform, and confirms that they are cartoonish, misleading, mislabelling, inconsistent, inadequate, and incorrect.

On Wednesday, the Hamilton Spectator ran a column by Martin Regg-Cohn that said the PC platform "takes a U-turn back to a retro Ontario - an economic and social dead end" and is filled with gimmicks.

On Thursday, The Toronto Sun ran an editorial cartoon that showed the wheels coming off the PC bus, and Sun columnist Christina Blizzard said "Hudak has failed politics 101," and hasn't given anyone a reason to vote for him.

And in this morning's Globe and Mail, columnist Adam Radwanski said that Hudak comes off as "glib and snarly, like a caricature of an opposition politician" who uses "carnival-style...props... joined by a striking degree of negativity."

Every day that passes makes it increasingly clear that Hudak doesn't have a plan for Ontario, a vision for the future, or a team he can rely on. Only Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberals have the serious plan and strong team to keep Ontario moving forward, together.

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