Hudak's Bad Week, Part 2

TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - The second full week of the provincial campaign ends today, and it's been a bad one for Tim Hudak and his PCs.

On Saturday, September 17 in the Ottawa Citizen, Michael Taube, a former speech writer for Stephen Harper called Hudak's campaign "shaky...with multiple political missteps and policy blunders." If that wasn't enough, Taube said Hudak's campaign has been characterized by "an ugly series of strategic and communications mistakes" and that Hudak himself is "neither an inspiring political figure nor a great orator" whose "steady stream of flipflopping and indecisiveness has been both troubling and perplexing."

Just a few pages away in the Citizen, Dan Gardner was taking Hudak to task for his style of politics: "Tim Hudak is the sort of politician who searches for the inchoate fears and hatreds that lie, unspoken, just below the surface of consciousness. When he finds them, he drags them up and waves them for all to see, hoping that ugly emotions will serve his political purposes."

And just down the 401, in the Belleville Intelligencer, James Phieffer was looking at the PC campaign and asking "who's running this circus?"

On Sunday, the Toronto Star reported that "star" PC candidate Kevin Gaudet was so hard-up for campaign volunteers, he was bribing high-school students with the chance to win an iPad in exchange for helping out.

In the QMI chain, Conservative columnist Brian MacLeod pointed out that Hudak's platform was full of "populist measures, but they're not going to improve people's lives." MacLeod also predicted - a full two-and-a-half weeks away from election day - that PC desperation would soon lead them "to go intensely negative."

On Monday, Globe and Mail columnist John Ibbitson was on TVO's The Agenda describing Hudak's approach to Ontario voters: "So instead, I'll just ramp up the music and speak in a louder and louder voice. And hope that that carries over for the - disguises the absolute paucity of actual concrete suggestions I have for making things different." Ibbitson finishes by saying "The problem with Mr. Hudak is there's nothing there."

On Tuesday, the Hamilton Spectator reported that Hudak would not commit to following through with the redevelopment of Jo Brant hospital in Burlington, despite the funding for the project already having been budgeted for.

Also in the Spectator, Toby Barrett finally came clean with the Hudak PCs plan to keep Ontario reliant on dirty coal.

On Wednesday, the Ottawa Citizen reported that "star" PC candidate Randall Denley disagrees with Hudak on his position to tear up a signed contract and award to it to a higher bidder.

On Thursday, David Menzies, a self-described "red meat conservative" took to the pages of the Toronto Sun to tell us that in Hudak's campaign, "There's not much common sense, period." He went on to say "...not even a hazmat suit can stifle the smell of Hudak's ineptitude."

The Kitchener-Waterloo Record reported that PC candidate Dave MacDonald believes "the jury is still out" on climate change.

And the under-the-table footsie that Hudak and the Horwath NDP have been playing was finally brought out into the open with Horwath telling the Toronto Sun that she would be willing to work with the PCs in a minority situation. And Pam Hundal, PC candidate in Brampton-Springdale, told a CBC debate that in a minority situation, she thinks "it would be great to work with the NDP."

In this morning's Toronto Star, we learn that David Lepofsky, chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance said that the Hudak PCs are the only party that wouldn't commit to moving forward on accessibility issues. Lepofsky went on to say, "Only PCs didn't agree not to cut gains we've made. Only PCs don't agree to any steps to strengthen implementation of the 2005 Disabilities Act, and to effectively enforce that important law."

But Hudak finally got some positive media coverage...because of his bizarre fixation on his barbecuing skills, not because of any positive plans to improve healthcare and education for Ontario families.

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.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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