Hillier announces second-ballot support for Hudak

    All out civil war in the Ontario PC Party

    MARKHAM, ON, June 26 /CNW/ - Controversial Conservative leadership
candidate and Lanark Landowners Association founder, Randy Hillier, has
encouraged all of supporters to vote for Tim Hudak on the second ballot in the
race to select the new leader of the Conservatives. Questions continue to be
swirling around the campaign of just what agreement Hudak and Hillier may have
    Hudak has been under fire from the other leading candidates for the
Conservative leadership for his decision to adopt Hillier's policy of
eliminating the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.
    "Tim Hudak has been led astray and doesn't seem to understand that
Ontario has changed," said Liberal MPP Chris Bentley. "He doesn't speak for
the face of Ontario today. He doesn't share their values and he doesn't
believe in the fundamental value of human rights."
    Both Christine Elliott and Frank Klees have lashed out at the Hudak /
Hillier attempt to use this wedge issue to divide Ontarians:

    "I promise you that I will not allow our party to be burdened by
politically toxic policies like scrapping the human rights tribunal in the
next campaign."
    Christine Elliott (Toronto Star, June 5, 2009)

    "Klees said Hudak's plan would be a reprise of the religious school
funding debacle..."
    Hamilton Spectator, June 19, 2009

    Klees also summed up his view on abolishing the Human Rights Tribunal by
saying, "don't go there my friends, I'm warning you, don't go there."
    Stoney Creek News, June 12, 2009

    Hudak's courting of Hillier has raised questions throughout the campaign
of what role Hillier would play in the lead-up to the 2011 provincial
election, from candidate search to writing the platform.

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