In Their Own Words: Tea Party Tim "Panders to Envy, Jealousy and Insecurity"

TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - More and more reviews are coming in about Tea Party Tim Hudak's shameless anti-newcomer bumper-sticker politics of fear.  And they're not good.

Commentators - including traditionally conservatives ones - are hammering Hudak for his made-in-Arizona Tea Party pandering.  And they agree with former PC leader John Tory's view that Hudak is "pandering to the worst emotion of envy, jealousy and insecurity about so-called foreigners." (John Tory, NewsTalk 1010, September 8, 2011)

Here's what others are saying:

  • "How are Canadian citizens living in Ontario 'foreign,' and why on earth would the PCs direct ire toward them? Does the party not want their votes? Does it realize they're allowed to vote? ...So, it's probably safe to chalk this up as a minor disaster for the PCs." (Chris Selley, National Post, September 8, 2011)
  • "If this is the kind of crap you expect Ontarians to swallow, you will have no shot at becoming Premier." (Dave Agar, News and Views, CFRB, September 8, 2011)
  • "Hudak's rhetoric and the PC party's 'Ontarians need not apply' ad go too far. It amounts to a thinly veiled attack on immigrants… this is the politics of division. It is angry. It is ugly. And it's not what Ontarians are about." (Toronto Star Editorial, September 8, 2011)
  • "How about [Tim Hudak] explain a) why he's calling immigrants 'foreign workers', b) why he denied calling them 'foreign workers.'" (Andrew Coyne, National Editor, Macleans Magazine, Twitter, 7:21am, September 8, 2011)
  • "[Hudak's criticism] is a bit of a stretch considering there are already programs in place that take taxpayers' money and put it toward training all kinds of different workers, including immigrants and non-immigrants and Hudak himself introduced a bill a year ago that would have paid companies for providing language training for recent immigrants." (Mark Sutcliffe, Ottawa Citizen, September 9, 2011)
  • "But whatever group the program may apply to, they're 'Ontario workers.' Not 'foreign workers.'" (Andrew Coyne, National Editor, Macleans Magazine Twitter, September 7, 2011)

Tea Party Tim would take us backwards, and divide us.  Only Dalton McGuinty would provide the leadership to take us forward, together.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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