Ontarians agree Tim Hudak still isn't up to the job
QUEEN'S PARK, April 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontarians agree PC leader Tim Hudak is AWOL, absent without leadership, proving once again he still isn't up to the job. The PCs have no plan other than to oppose, rejecting the budget before reading it and refusing to offer a single suggestion for improvement:
"The only one who has failed the voters in all of this is Conservative leader Tim Hudak…He offered no solutions for solving Ontario's economic problems. Not even constructive criticism was on his agenda…If Hudak can't be an effective party leader and move forward, perhaps he should step down."
(Windsor Star editorial, April 25, 2012)
""Tim's position has left him out of being any relevant part of news for weeks…" confided one PC insider."
(Toronto Star, April 25, 2012)
"Hudak's budget strategy is the most difficult to figure out…it's also left Hudak on the outside looking in on this budget process…"
(Barrie Examiner, April 25, 2012)
"Hudak could have exerted real power. Instead, today, he's carping from the sidelines."
(Kingston Whig-Standard, April 25, 2012)
"The downside of the budget exercise is the clear, non-cooperative position taken by Tim Hudak…they spent several weeks on the outside, noses pressed to the glass…Hudak, though, really must get past knee-jerk ideology and take a seat at the table, lest he be completely left behind."
(Hamilton Spectator, April 25, 2012)
"[Hudak] was out of the equation."
(Brantford Expositor, April 25, 2012)
"The Conservative strategy [was] disengagement, which even some senior Tories are now questioning…"
(Toronto Star, April 24, 2012)
"Left fuming on the sidelines was Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak."
(Sault Star, April 24, 2012)
"Hudak…never got the memo."
(Toronto Star, April 24, 2012)
"Conservatives, meanwhile, excluded themselves…choosing instead to oppose the budget bill from the outset."
(Postmedia News, April 24, 2012)
"Standing aside from all this is PC leader Tim Hudak, who shunted himself out…Some have suggested Mr. Hudak miscalculated"
(National Post, April 24, 2012)
"Tim Hudak, the Tory leader with a one-word vocabulary - "No!" - will be left looking as foolish and irrelevant as he has since the election last October."
(Guelph Mercury, April 23, 2012)
"Tory Leader Tim Hudak is the odd man out. Despite winning more than twice as many seats as Horwath, he dealt himself out of the budget negotiations by rejecting it out of hand."
(Hamilton Spectator, April 23, 2012)
"Tory boss Tim Hudak has already said no, unwisely taking himself and his party out of the budget equation."
(Barrie Examiner, April 21, 2012)
"The Conservatives had already decided to vote against the budget. That was before it was presented."
(Brian Bourke, Waterloo Chronicle, April 18, 2012)
"Mr. Hudak signalled even before this spring's budget was tabled that he planned to oppose it outright. That's both marginalized him and reinforced impressions that he's a caricature of an opposition politician."
(Globe & Mail, April 20, 2012)
"PC leader Tim Hudak should have offered some suggestions of his own for how the budget might have been improved in order to draw his party's support. That didn't happen."
(Blue Mountains Courier Herald editorial, April 19, 2012)
"The Conservatives rejected the budget before even seeing it - an outrageously irresponsible act even by leader Tim Hudak's standards."
(Windsor Star editorial, April 14, 2012)
For further information:
Liberal Caucus Service Bureau