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The Liberal Scarf: Hudak celebrates Franco-Ontarien Day by appointing a Francophone Affairs critic…who doesn’t speak French

I’m not going to pretend that my French is great, but I’m also not a Francophone affairs critic for the Official Opposition. 

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak Finance critic bills you for second home

If Hudak wants to lower the deficit, his own Finance critic not billing you 20 grand for a rental home while he spends his time in Niagara-on-the-Lake, 150 km from his riding of Thornhill might be a better idea than firing thousands of teachers and nurses.

Last year, Tory finance critic Peter Shurman claimed $20,719, the maximum permitted, from a housing allowance that was set up to help representatives of far-flung constituencies pay for accommodation in Toronto. Mr. Shurman received the funds because he claims a home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. – about 150 kilometres away from his riding – as (Read more…)

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak Conservatives fined $85,000 for "rule breaking robocalls"

I hear he knows a guy who knows a guy though

The Liberal Scarf: Tim Hudak says Ontario is protecting too many endangered species?

Bit of an odd priority for a leader looking to be taken more seriously, but here we are. Hudak’s already on the record as wanting to eliminate full day kindergarten and put 10,000 education workers out of a job, but I guess we can add endangered species to Hudak’s chopping block. 

The Liberal Scarf: Elephant in the room: Hudak continues to flip-flop on power plants

The literal elephant in that picture is from a PC photo op stunt done in Mississauga on September 28th, in an attempt to attack the Liberals over the power plant issue. The bigger elephant though, are the numerous statements made by Hudak and local Mississauga Conservatives in favour of scrapping the plant.

Hudak, who has flip-flopped on issues like the tax reform, health care funding, protecting the rights of Ontario citizens and a triple flip-flop on full day kindergarten has ironically now built up a pretty consistent track record of flip-flopping and making up policy on the fly.

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The Liberal Scarf: Hudak wants a $300 million election, vows to vote against a budget that hasn’t been written yet

Yesterday, Finance Minister Charles Sousa started his first round of pre-Budget consultations in Mississauga, listening to the concerns of everyday Ontario families as he works to prepare a budget focused on creating jobs, lowering youth unemployment, and fostering growth and opportunity as the way forward.

“My hope is that the members of the Opposition have heard how closely I’ve listened to their concerns and the concerns of people around the province,” Wynne told reporters.Sousa, meanwhile, said he will get in touch with Opposition parties as he prepares the budget.“Premier Wynne wants to work with members of the Opposition

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The Liberal Scarf: Hudak would end support for students from low income families with attack on 30% tuition rebate

Tim Hudak rolled out his latest double down on right-wing policy, announcing he would end the 30% tuition rebate for Ontario post-secondary students.

Hudak and his post-secondary education critic, Rob Leone framed the tuition cut as not helping mature students or single parents (ironic, given the not so high regard single mothers have been held in historically by conservatives).

They also seem to want to restrict the way students could use the use any financial assistance they would receive:

“The Tories say student aid should be given to students who are getting good marks and can show they’re using the money

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The Liberal Scarf: Hudak PC’s support for defunding abortion runs much deeper than a press conference

On International Day of the Girl, Tim Hudak can try to put shiny gloss on the PC Party, he can pretend his party is focused on the economy, but this is what the heart of the Hudak PC Party is, with his frontbench MPP’s sponsoring a news conference supporting the defunding of abortion in Ontario. Any claims about the PC focus on jobs and the economy can’t hide that the MPP’s sponsoring this press conference are both of Hudak’s Labour critics, and his deputy whip. You’ll also remember Hudak’s deputy labour critic Rick Nicholls from this blog, talking about how he  “would

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The Liberal Scarf: With education on the line, will Tim Hudak flip-flop on a wage freeze like he did on full day kindergarten?

We know Tim Hudak’s position on full day kindergarten for Ontario families has gone from this:

To this

“Tim Hudak…condemned the program, which is to be fully rolled out by 2014″

with Hudak’s double flip-flop backed by Kitchener-Waterloo Progressive Conservative candidate Tracey Weiler:

“Weiler said that she “supports the leader’s position” on halting the rollout of full-day kindergarten in the province.”

With the Ontario Liberals introducing the Putting Students First Act, here is Tim Hudak saying he would support a wage freeze:

“We’ll support a wage freeze legislation” With his flip-flops on full day kindergarten, will Hudak stick . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: With education on the line, will Tim Hudak flip-flop on a wage freeze like he did on full day kindergarten?

The Liberal Scarf: Tracey Weiler is no Elizabeth Witmer when it comes to local leadership

I wrote yesterday about Tim Hudak doing a double flip-flop on full-day kindergarten, and now let’s take a look at the Tim Hudak candidate in Kitchener-Waterloo, Tracey Weiler and her position on full day kindergarten. While previous Progressive Conservative MPP Elizabeth Witmer stood up for Kitchener–Waterloo families, Tracey Weiler is more interested in taking orders from Hudak’s Queen’s Park backroom boys in Toronto and not listening to the thousands of families in Kitchener-Waterloo depending on full-day kindergarten.

On the important issue of FDK and local leadership, Weiler standing behind Hudak, who “condemned the program” is a sharp and disappointing turn away from previous Progressive Conservative MPP, Elizabeth Witmer, who in her

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The Liberal Scarf: Tim Hudak flip-flop on full day kindergarten shows Ontario PC’s can’t be trusted with education file

It’s a little late for the Olympics, but Tim Hudak’s triple flip-flop on Full Day Kindergarten would win a gold medal in showing how out of touch he is with Ontario families.

Hudak threw his own flip-flopper Tony Genco under the bus today, after Genco said this in regards to full-day kindergarten:

“Mr. Genco not only said he supported the kindergarten program, but added there was no use opposing it because “the ship had sailed” on the issue.”

Makes sense for Mr. Genco to say this, after all, this was in the PC platform last year, right on page

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Red Tory v.3.0.3: Time for a Change

After four continuous decades in power during which time the ruling Progressive Conservative party was virtually unchallenged in any serious fashion, is it any wonder that so many Albertans are apparently now so eager for a change? Given the inevitable “throw the bums out” impetus amongst the normally feckless electorate usually kicks in a good deal sooner than that, a steady run of 41 years at the helm is an impressive achievement by any measure.

While it’s a shame that opposition to the entrenched establishment had to orginate from the more extreme, crackpot wing of the conservative movement, it’s no (Read more…)

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: If you have any doubts left Alberta’s Conservatives are done like dinner, this should settle ’em

“I never thought I’d vote PC” … just embarrassing. Below: Ralph Klein back when he was premier of Alberta; Saddam Hussein.

If you have any doubts left there are only three more sleeps before the end of the Progressive Conservative Era in Alberta, look no further than the video and website called “I never thought I’d vote PC.”

Whether or not the PCs under Alison Redford had anything to do with this vain effort to encourage hip, edgy young people to vote for the clapped out Conservative party in a last-ditch effort to prevent a Wildrose Apocalypse, there could

. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: If you have any doubts left Alberta’s Conservatives are done like dinner, this should settle ’em

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Who wins if the Alberta Legislature’s fit to be tied?

Strange Bedfellows: Danielle Smith and Brian Mason imagined discussing voting strategy in the Legislature… Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated … or as weird as reality!

If you think the Alberta election campaign has been exciting up to now, just wait. Any minute now, someone’s going to start shouting the C-word.

That’s right: “Coalition.”

Leastways, if the election is as close as is now being suggested, there’s a good chance the Progressive Conservatives under Premier Alison Redford and the Wildrose Party under Danielle Smith will emerge from the voting on April 23 with approximately the same number of

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The Liberal Scarf: Meet Richard Ciano, new Ontario PC President

A big issue Tim Hudak had during the provincial election was his unwillingness to put Ontario first, as he never discussed in a real way he would show independence from the federal Conservatives and the Ford braintrust at Toronto City Hall. We all remember Harper declaring to a partisan Tory crowd how happy he was to seeing a Tory hat trick, Jim Flaherty jumping into the provincial election, etc. As Premier McGuinty put it to Tim Hudak in the leaders debate, Ontario families couldn’t count on Hudak standing up to Harper on important issues like health care and equalization reform.

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David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Lloyd Snelgrove’s Dinner with Danielle: far-right desperation or another Wildrose exodus?

Phone camera photo? Former Stelmach right-hand man Lloyd Snelgrove spotted with Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith in Calgary brewpub! Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below, the real Mr. Snelgrove (caught without his trademark goatee) and the real Ms. Smith.

With election fever gripping the province and the far-right Wildrose Party facing the bleak prospect of a do-or-die election campaign from a weaker position than it has faced since soon after its generously financed and publicized creation, a real rift on Alberta’s historically unified conservative right is opening up.Whether the divide grows bitter and deep enough to become

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politics on CAPS LOCK: THE BIG SHOW

YAH I KNOW I STARTED LIVE BLOGGING JUST AS ITS ALL OVER. SORRY BUSY EVENING, WHAT WITH THE BOY COMING HOME AND BUNCH OF OTHER THINGS. WATCHING SUNTV FOR THE TRASH FACTOR. WILL UPDATE IN BETWEEN BREAKES COOKING SUPPER

9:04

TIM HUDAK’S OPPOSITE OF VICTORY SPEECH. LONGER THAN PETER MACKAY’S FACE

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THERE WE GO THEY CALLED A LIB MINORITY. COULD YET BE PREMATURE IT WOULD ONLY TAKE ONE SEAT TO CHANGE

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THE SUN BANNER SAYS “SUN NEWS DECLARES LIBERAL GOVERNMENT SUN GAME DAY ONTARIO” I’M NOT SURE WHAT GAME DAY REFERS TO

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SUN NEWS IS DRIVING SHANNON (Read more…)

politics on CAPS LOCK: LATE TO THE PARTY

SO YEAH JUST BACK FROM VISITING MY SON AT THE HOSPITAL, DID YOU HEAR THIS THEY HAD AN ELECTION IN MANITOBA? BASICALLY IT’S BEEN CALLED ALREADY (SPOILER ALERT: NDP MAJORITY) BUT I SEE THAT CBC STILL OFFERS LIVE COVERAGE ON THEIR WEBSITE. LET’S HAVE A LOOK, SHALL WE…

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SOME KIND OF FOOFERA ABOUT THE TIMING OF SPEECHES. HOLY CROW THIS MATTERS?

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I GUESS THE NEW THING FOR CANADIAN POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS IS TO RESIGN IF YOU DON’T WIN THE ELECTION.

9:26

HUGH MCFADYEN, RESIGNS DESPITE MAKING GAINS. WTF MAN

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THE PC COMMENTATOR ON CBC SAYS HE’S DEPUTY (Read more…)

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak PC candidate: "Let’s not lose our identity. I’m tired of taking a back seat where the once majority is seemingly now a minority."

Edit: I forgot to mention in the first post that this is Chatham-Kent-Essex PC candidate Rick NichollsIn a letter in the editor of the Chatham Daily News on Febuary 27, 2008, this is what now Hudak PC candidate for Chatham-Kent-Essex had to say about m… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Hudak PC candidate: "Let’s not lose our identity. I’m tired of taking a back seat where the once majority is seemingly now a minority."

politics on CAPS LOCK: PEI ELECTION TODAY

YOU’D THINK THAT I’D BE ALL ABOUT GETTING TANKED AND LIVE BLOGGING THE PEI ELECTION.

YEAH BUT NO. TOO DEPRESSING.

4:43

DAMN IT’S TEMPTING THOUGH

4:55

I WOULD PROBABLY CAVE IF I DIDN’T NEED TO MAKE SUPPER AND GET TO SEE MY BOY IN THE HOSPITAL TONIGHT

The Liberal Scarf: "The best choice for Ontario’s challenges"

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/dalton-mcguintys-liberals-the-best-choice-for-ontarios-challenges/article2188213/That’s what The Globe & Mail says Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario Liberal team is in this election. With the global e… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: "The best choice for Ontario’s challenges"

The Liberal Scarf: The Truth about Tim: Hudak outright lies he called hard-working Ontario citizens "foreign"

Tim’s record speaks for itself: . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: The Truth about Tim: Hudak outright lies he called hard-working Ontario citizens "foreign"

The Liberal Scarf: "Thanks for the jobs"

That’s what one man who worked for the solar company next to the Ontario Liberal tent told me today at the International Plowing Fest. From providing the way forward to tomorrow’s economy with the Green Energy Act to protecting and growing Ontario’s ag… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: "Thanks for the jobs"

The Liberal Scarf: Ontario Liberals protecting the environment and moving Ontario forward

Ontario Liberals are taking the next steps to safeguard our environment for Ontario families. Liberals are protecting precious water resources for future generations with a Great Lakes Protection Act that will be the next chapter in clean water for Ont… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Ontario Liberals protecting the environment and moving Ontario forward

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak’s municipal downloading scheme would stick Ontario families with a $500 million bill

The OYL had a very successful “Remember the 90′s” campaign launch party last night, and Tim Hudak at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario meeting this week showed that he was ready to take Ontario families back to the 90′s by cancelling the Dal… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Hudak’s municipal downloading scheme would stick Ontario families with a $500 million bill