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Trashy's World: Ontario PCs stabbing each other with glee…

When I was a municipal pol back in the day, I didn’t have a whole lot of use for MPP Eves, but he did watch out for his constituents – much like Norm Sterling did.

So it is a shame that Hudak’s right-hand hick man sees it fit to slam one of their own…

BTW – how can such a moron have 1921 friends?

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Friends Of Randy Hillier

Yesterday, Tory MPP for Lanarck Randy Hillier linked approvingly to a post by one Jeff Goodall in which the latter referred to ex Tory Premier Ernie Eves as a “Pink retread” out to sabotage the Ontario Conservatives.  Here are the titles from a few other blog posts from Mr. Goodall:

Coping with Black intelligence realities


‘Store swarmings’ on the increase, which begins:

…in Toronto, I have been in clothing stores in predominantly Black areas where I had to pick my way around merchandise lying on the floor. Blacks would take clothes off the rack, look at them, and if they didn’t like them then rather than hang them up again they would simply drop them on the floor.

Randy seems to know Mr. Goodall personally, enough to feature him prominently on his Facebook page, so I wonder if he knows and approves of these particular opinions.

And for those who think the PCP=Tea Party rhetoric is over-heated, the graphic below is also from Randy’s Facebook page (from the “likes” section):


BigCityLib Strikes Back: Pinko Retreads In The MSM

Last week, former Conservative premier Ernie Eves said the PC Party had become “the Tea Party version of Ontario politics,” prompting Tory Randy Hillier to call Eves “a pinko re-tread.”

Meanwhile Randy has clarified that the man whose words he endorsed is not him.  But note: Facebook does not grab lines randomly out of the texts you link to.  It takes the first couple unless you tell it otherwise.   Randy, or someone on his staff, selected the line “I honestly wonder if he [Ernie Eves] ever was a genuine member of the party…” and so forth to head up the posting.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Drip Drip Drip of Bad News

Another poll that shows Tim Hudak’s lead slipping:

 With Tory support at 35% to the Liberals’ 30%, the poll suggests Mr. Hudak would clinch a narrow victory to lead a minority government if Ontarians voted tomorrow.

Steve V will surely come along and explain this latest poll, but I’d say it bears out the old maxim that campaigns do matter (even if they’re barely underway yet).  You can’t hang onto a lead with news like this coming out every day:

Calling Sterling’s treatment at the hands of Hudak’s PC party “disgraceful,”[Ex-Tory Premier Ernie] Eves said: ‘I don’t care who hears this. The treatment that Norm got from his own party was not very polite, was not fair, it was not loyal, it was not compassionate and it was not very honest.”

After Eve’s comments, the 200-member audience, which included former premier Mike Harris and federal Conservative heavyweight John Baird, applauded and cheered, according to the release.

[Chatham-Kent Essex Conservative candidate Rick] Nicholls said it was the first he had heard of the report and wanted to dig into it before making a statement.

[Halton MPP Ted] Chudleigh, in Chatham to street campaign with Nicholls for the upcoming provincial election, also declined comment.

Instead, Chudleigh, armed with a cardboard wheel, which he called Premier Dalton McGuinty’s wheel of tax, said Ontarians are in store for more taxes if the Liberals are re-elected in October. A gust of wind blew the wheel over and it landed on Nicholl’s head. He was not injured.

This, by the way, is my favorite picture of Ernie Eves.  When he first ran against Dalton…well, that was one for the ages.