Hudak's Shortcomings Cause Growing Leadership Gap in PC Party

QUEEN'S PARK, ON, April 11 /CNW/ - Ontario PC "Leader" Tim Hudak has had a hard spring; after two years in the job, he's still unwilling to answer even the most basic questions about his plans, a shortcoming that is causing a growing leadership gap in the Ontario PC Party.

Just a few weeks ago, PC MPP Sylvia Jones completely overturned long-established party policy on the Ontario Health Premium, saying that the party had no plans to scrap it and take $3 billion out of health care. Days later, Hudak threw her under a bus and put that option back on the table. Jones hasn't been heard from since.

And last week showed that the health premium debacle wasn't a one-off instance. Apparently, contradicting and disobeying the "leader" is now standard practice throughout the Ontario PC Party:

  • MPP Elizabeth Witmer is saying "her party will roll out the full-day (kindergarten) program…" (Toronto Star, April 7, 2011), directly contradicting and undermining Hudak, who has said repeatedly that he has no plans to move forward with full implementation until the budget is balanced. Witmer has made it clear that she doesn't agree with Hudak choosing to punish Ontario families for the deficit caused by a global recession, instead of helping provide the best possible start for all Ontario children.

  • MPP Norm Sterling "says he won't campaign for his successor" (Toronto Sun, April 7, 2011). That successor would be radical tea party norther Jack MacLaren, who ousted the long-time progressive stalwart with the "heavy support" of MPP Randy Hillier (Ottawa Citizen, April 9, 2011), even though Hudak told his caucus not to work against Sterling.  Hudak is beholden to Hillier for unexpectedly pushing him over the top at the PC leadership convention, and giving him, prematurely in the eyes of many, the role of leader.

  • And the Party's nomination meeting in Addington-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale was cancelled, "given the situation in the riding." That 'situation' would be four members of the riding executive quitting because they are unhappy that Hudak led a putsch that overthrew previous candidate and long-time PC member Chris Corrigan (Hamilton Spectator, April 7, 2011).

SOURCE Liberal Caucus Service Bureau

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