TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Two days after the PCs publicly targeted
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) President Warren
(Smokey) Thomas, Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak flatly refused to engage
in a debate about his party's plans for Ontario workers and unions.
"On Sunday night, Tim Hudak's labour critic attacked both me and my
union, implying that we were connected to organized crime and demanding
to know why we did not agree with PC plans to set Ontario's labour laws
back 70 years," Thomas said.
"On Monday, I challenged him to a public debate on the matter. On
Tuesday, he refused on live television. I was also surprised at his
reasons for avoiding the debate."
Asked point-blank whether he would accept Thomas's challenge, Hudak told
Global TV's Alan Carter, "Listen, I enjoy debate, I enjoy the fight. I
really had no talent in life except running my mouth - that's why I got
Admitting to a tendency to engage in meaningless talk, without a basis
in reason or fact, further confirms his lack of qualifications to be
Ontario premier, Thomas said.
"Look, I'm not looking for a fight, but the PCs have targeted me and my
union using innuendo, falsehoods and distortions. I believe in the
direct approach. If you're going to call me out by name, you'd better
have the courage to back up what you say," he said.
"The PCs continue to attack the lives and jobs of committed and
hardworking public employees who provide valued services to thousands
of citizens, and quite frankly I'm sick of it."
"Running off at the mouth is not a strong qualification for running the
province. If Tim Hudak enjoys debate, as he says, then let's go."
Hudak's interview with Global's Alan Carter is online at http://globalnews.ca/news/1021643/hudak-talks-election-nuclear-power-subsidies-babies/ . Carter's question about the debate begins at the 4:18 mark.
For further information:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas (613) 329-1931 (cell)