Tim Hudak's Math: "Just Doesn't Add Up"

TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - On Saturday, Tim Hudak said, "Some of our critics have accused us of bad math" (National Post, September 3, 2011). He's right that he's been criticized of bad math. But he's wrong about only "some" people criticizing him. Here's a partial list:

  • "Hudak's math doesn't add up." (John Robson, Sault Star, Sept 3, 2011)
  • "Tim Hudak: Voodoo budgeting....This isn't the kind of budgeting Ontarians want from a possible Hudak government after the provincial election on Oct. 6. The province should take care of its own money problems, not thrust them on the cities." (Ken Gray, ottawacitizen.com, August 24, 2011)
  • "As leader of the PCs, Hudak's funny math remains a suspicious and dangerous carry-over from his days as a Harris protege...Hudak is promising to boost spending by $6 billion on health care and by $2 billion on education, and still balance the books by 2017/2018. The platform promises $7 billion in tax relief and new spending. Where will the money come from? "(Editorial,  Metroland - Niagara Region, July 6, 2011)
  • "...Mr. Hudak refuses to face facts - or, rather, refuses to tell voters anything remotely resembling the truth." (Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail, June 22, 2011)
  • "Tim Hudak says he'll end the agony but can't be believed. Sorry, Tim, but it's true. If the campaign platform the Tories recently released were handed in as a project in a first-year finance class, it would be returned with suggestions that the author find another line of interest." (Kelly McParland, National Post, June 9, 2011)
  • "But Ontarians who look beyond the bullet points, and do the actual math, will come away confused and disappointed."(Editorial, National Post, May 30, 2011)
  • "But Ontario's Progressive Conservatives will have to answer hard questions about what they will cut to make their platform practical." (Editorial, National Post, May 30, 2011)
  • "To evaluate Hudak's plan, and the promises of other party leaders as they appear, you have to understand where the provincial government spends its money. It is not obvious that Hudak does." (John Robson, Toronto Sun, September 4, 2011)
  • "The Conservatives' identified cuts are so limited that, when placed against their spending promises, the financing of their entire platform is a joke." (Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail, September 2, 2011)
  • "...Hudak the math-challenged in Ontario." (Gerald Caplan, Globe and Mail, July 1, 2011)
  • "The Ontario PCs have had their convention and released their platform ahead of this fall's election...but the math just doesn't add up. Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak is promising to spend billions more than current Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, but has only been able to point to savings of $600-million a year." (Matt Gurney, National Post, May 30, 2011)
  • "So anyone doing the math must presume there are more cuts to come, in both services and jobs, if Hudak is elected." (Editorial, Barrie Examiner, May 27, 2011)
  • "Nothing but smoke and mirrors, a dog and pony tax horror show." (Ernst Kuglin, The Trentonian, September 2, 2011).
  • "Just a classic bait and switch."  (Brian MacLeod, London Free Press, September 1, 2011)
  • "The real threat is [Tim Hudak] who can't resist downloading services on those of us who can least afford another hit -- the municipal tax bill recipient." (Chris Malette, Belleville Intelligencer, August 26, 2011)
  • "…raise property taxes and old ladies can't afford their own homes anymore." ( Editoral, Ottawa Citizen, August 25, 2011)

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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