Harris wannabe squeaks by at Conservative convention

    Deal with Hillier and plan to scrap human rights protections prove Hudak
    is out of touch with Ontarian's values

    MARKHAM, ON, June 27 /CNW/ - Ontario Conservatives moved further back to
the old Mike Harris era and further out of touch with today's Ontario in
selecting Tim Hudak as their Leader.
    Hudak's victory is owed largely to the support of radical-right wing
candidate Randy Hillier. Hillier's pledge of support came after Hudak followed
Hillier in attacking the human rights protections Ontarians have valued for
    Hudak followed the Mike Harris playbook with negative, divisive pledges
to rip up contracts of nurses and teachers. In addition, Hudak has pledged to
slash funding for construction of new hospitals, schools and transit in
communities across Ontario - which would throw thousands out of work in the
middle of a global economic crisis.
    "Ontario families don't want to go back to the days of the Harris-gang
calling the shots and Tim Hudak following," said Liberal MPP Chris Bentley. 
"Ontarians rejected that approach and don't want to look back."

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