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Politics and its Discontents: If Your Name Is Tim Hudak, This Can’t Be Good

When you are leading a major provincial political party, it is never a good sign when the country’s largest-circulating newpaper makes editorial sport of you:

Memo to Tim Hudak: Please stay as Ontario PC leader: Editorial

You lost an Ontario election in 2011 that you were to supposed to win; failed in two byelections last year; and dropped four out of five this month against a tired and scandal-prone government. But so what? You’re Tim Hudak, head of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, and winning isn’t everything.

Ignore the growing number of Tories worried they’ll never achieve power as long as (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: #imwithtim – Stay Tim stay!

I wasn’t expecting to be writing a followup post to this on Tim Hudak and leadership questions on whether he would still be here on Sept 9 or not so soon after the by-elections, but there is already some dissension in the ranks – enough to get the Toronto Sun to write about it.

I’m not sure whether ten PC members from London asking for an amended party constitution so that a leadership convention can be demanded is proof of a “palace coup” or not; supposedly there are also 5 PC caucus members who support this. Some other PC members (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Ontario’s by-elections: potentially a perfectly acceptable result for Premier Kathleen Wynne

Ontario Conservative Tim Hudak’s Vandal horde sacks Rome Upon Lake Ontario, the media narrative for last Thursday’s Ontario by-elections that was sensibly ignored by the province’s voters. Below, Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. Was she taking a page from the Book of Alison Redford, also below?

One can read too much into any by-election result, I suppose. And it’s particularly dangerous for a commentator from far away to divine profound truths from the results of an election to which he paid scant attention until the final tally appeared on the Internet.

Still, maybe distance lends an opportunity to see the (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Byelections fallout: Will PC’s Tim Hudak still be PC leader in September?

It was an interesting night last night. The Ontario Liberals held onto 2 of their seats – in Scarborough and in Ottawa (despite gloomy polls – more on that later), while the NDP captured Windsor in a landslide (not surprising) and London-West (by a surprisingly comfortable margin). The Progressive Conservative Party meanwhile, had to console itself with winning Etobicoke, in a fairly tight battle.

I said yesterday that I’d be checking in today on the final results vs what the final polls from Forum and Campaign Research said, but I’ll hold off on that for now until I see what (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: The Ontario Conservative Party’s Hail Mary #pcpo #onpoli

Yesterday, the Conservative Party of Ontario released copies of emails it obtained that showed that Ontario Liberal staffers wanted to pressure the Speaker of the legislature into reversing his decision requiring the release of documents pertaining to the “gas plant scandal” – to suggest using partisan leverage against a non-partisan Speaker was not a good thing. 

However, the Speaker didn’t reverse his decision and Premier Dalton McGuinty subsequently resigned.

The Tories are hoping that most voters in the Ontario by-elections – given the glee and excitement with which they released this information – have not made up their minds (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Tim Speaketh Yet Again

I doubt that Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has ever met a neoconservative nostrum that he doesn’t like. The latest pontification from the lad who would be Premier comes from his ‘bold’ assertion that Ontario must subsidize electricity costs for manufacturing if the province is to keep and attract jobs.

Claiming his plan would be cost-effective (simply end the ‘subsidies’ to wind and solar power) the lad is sure that Ontario would thus win at least 300,000 manufacturing jobs from the five million new jobs that the Americans are going to get. (Sorry, Tim didn’t deign to explain where (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Poor Steve Ryan*

Who is Steve Ryan, you might ask? Up until today, he was the nominated candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, for the Aug 1 by-elections here in Ontario.

About 2 weeks ago, Forum came out with a poll saying the Liberal candidate (not even nominated yet) was a lock in this riding; it was like 50-25% over the PC’s. Suddenly in the past 2 days, Toronto Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday comes out of the blue and says he’s been asked by the PC’s to be the candidate in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. When asked about Steve Ryan, the reaction from them (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Hudak’s Lament: PCPO Leader Issues Statement Re Doug Holyday, Steve Ryan, And Wayne Wettlaufer

Actually, no, Tim Hudak has not issued a statement in regards to the PCPO’s double fluff-up on the first day of their bye-election campaign.–ie Wayne Wettlaufer’s comment on ignorant women who vote Liberal, and Doug Holyday’s ill-time speculation about a possible run for MPP in  Etobicoke-Lakeshore.  The former insulted half the province in a single tweet, and the latter involves Holyday possibly ousting a fellow Conservative named Steve Ryan, who won the nomination out there fair-and-square back in December.  That’s a sure way to party unity!

In fact, Hudak planned to issue a statement, but his handlers snatched it from (Read more…)

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak PC candidate: Female voters are "less informed"…including about control over their own bodies?

That’s Wayne Wettlaufer, former PC MPP who served with Hudak and Mike Harris running to win his seat of Kitchener Centre back for the Conservatives.

Wettlaufer also must think women aren’t informed enough to have control over their own bodies (also noteworthy a little guy named Tim Hudak as well several currently serving Hudak Conservative MPPs are also mentioned here)

“Several notable MPPs (all Tories) have demonstrated a commitment to respect the sanctity of life and the institution of the traditional family. Among them are Jim Brown (Scarborough Agincourt), Tim Hudak (Erie-Lincoln), Frank Klees (Oak Ridges), John O’Toole (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Today in Awkward Ontario Conservative News #onpoli #pcpo

Ontario PC MPP (and aspiring leader) Lisa MacLeod called elections an affront to democracy. Also, acting leader Tim Hudak’s job is safe even if they fail to win a single seat in upcoming by-elections. I didn’t think it was up to a different MPP to decide that. She’s not even the Ontario PC president.

Toronto city councillor Doug Holyday is mulling the opportunity to run for the Ontario Tories in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. I wonder if anybody has told the nominated candidate, Steve Ryan, that. Here he is, with aspiring leader Lisa MacLeod. “Steve Who” is his official nickname in PC (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Dear, Dear, Dear, Dear Me

Lordy, I see young Tim Hudak is hurling those sticks and stones again. Won’t that boy ever try acting like a grown man?

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OPSEU Diablogue: Social determinants more than cost of care key to sustainability

Critics of Medicare often point to Canada’s dubious population health record as evidence of the need for system reform, but seldom do these critics spend much time looking at the social determinants of health or actions by increasingly right-wing governments that … Continue reading →

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

I hear he knows a guy who knows a guy though

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Hudak Caught: PCPO Made Ilegal Robocalls

OTTAWA – The CRTC will soon announce it is fining both Alberta’s Wildrose Party and the Ontario Progressive Conservatives for automated polling calls that failed to identify the pollster.

The hapless PCPO leader has some explaining to do—$85,000s worth.  And, perhaps not surprisingly, RackNine is involved again.  They are these guys.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- The Broadbent Institute has released a new set of polling (PDF) as to Canadians’ values. And it’s particularly worth noting that even on the Cons’ signature issues such as tax cuts, austerity and crime – where millions upon millions of public dollars have been spent in a combined effort at branding and persuasion – 60% or more of respondents (including new immigrants) side with a more progressive option.

- But as Steven Shrybman notes in criticizing Jeffrey Simpson’s blase view of universal public health care, we still have our own Village working (Read more…)

OPSEU Diablogue: Academics present evidence that austerity really does kill

Ontario is presently entering year two of its austerity program, convinced that it is the only way out of an economic problem that wasn’t even created here. We have previously highlighted economic arguments that suggest austerity creates a self-defeating “fiscal … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Ombudsman seeking expanded role since 1975 – could this finally be the time?

“There is no effective, independent, investigative oversight of hospital administration. Period.” – Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin, 2008 Ontario has been resisting Ombudsman oversight of its public hospitals for long enough. Marin says he is not the first to demand this … Continue reading →

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario Liberals On The Verge of Forcing An Election

To make a minority government work, the party in power needs the support of enough members of parliament to pass confidence-vote legislation like the budget. This can be done on an issue by issue basis, or, by coming to an on-going agreement with one or more opposition parties to form a coalition government. Currently, in Ontario, the Progressive Conservative party under Tim Hudak has been chomping at the bit for an election. They have been uncooperative for some time, looking to gain power for themselves instead of looking to get things done for the people of Ontario. So, the governing (Read more…) Liberals, now under Kathleen Wynne, have been appearing to be willing to work with the NDP to pass legislation. With this in mind, Andrea Horwath’s NDP have asked for some things to be added/changed in the upcoming Ontario Budget.  Here is what the NDP demands include: Close . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario Liberals On The Verge of Forcing An Election

OPSEU Diablogue: Would the PCs slash health spending even further?

The Ontario PCs have released a new video with finance critic Peter Shurman suggesting the Liberals cannot balance their budget on schedule by restraining health care to 2 per cent and education to 1 per cent. The timing appears a bit off. … Continue reading →

Politics and its Discontents: More Reflections on Leadership

The other day, in my post on political leadership, I chose Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as the figure to contrast what I consider to be the much more mature and thoughtful approach of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. My exclusion of the more obvious figure of comparison, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, was intentional, given that I have written so much about him in the past, each post essentially observing the same thing: his addiction to ideological bromides as substitutes for real policy.

That dearth of vision was much in evidence in Hudak’s fundraising dinner in Toronto the other day. Saying

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Politics and its Discontents: Pondering Pandeering Political Parties

I am long past the age where I expect very much from politicians of any stripe. While it is easy to target (and I frequently do!) the Harper-led Conservative Party as the party of the corporate agenda, it is also sadly true that both the Liberal Party and the NDP have as their greatest priority the acquisition of power, frequently at the expense of principle. For example, putative messiah of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, is shockingly shallow when it comes to policy pronouncements, the better, I assume, to form them closer to the next election according to perceived

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Politics and its Discontents: Two Messages For Tim Hudak

I have a bit of a busy morning ahead, so just a brief post for now. I have written many times about young Tim Hudak, the lad who aspires to become Premier of Ontario through rhetoric that demonizes the public sector, public sector pensions, and unions. Apparently, constructive policy and breadth of vision are beyond his ken.

Here are two letters from today’s Star that nicely capture the severe moral and intellectual limitations the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party labours under:

Re: Hudak takes aim at public sector pensions, March 18

I assume Hudak’s ambition is to ensure

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Politics and its Discontents: No Free Ride

I do hope young Tim Hudak enjoys this brief video, directed by Bruce McDonald:

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Politics and its Discontents: Pining For A Non-Existent Past

It occurs to me that perhaps the limited appeal of young Tim Hudak, the increasingly out-of-touch leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, might be related to the retro mentality that periodically pops up in North America. You know, that nostalgic pining for a non-existent past where everyone lived harmoniously in a semi-suburban environment, when men would daily don their work attire (usually a suit and tie), go forth bravely to earn the family’s bread, and then return home to be greeted by the loving, doting wife, clad, in the mode of June Cleaver, in apron and pearls. And, of course,

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Politics and its Discontents: Some Thoughts on ‘Tea Party Tim’

I wish I could take credit for the title sobriquet describing Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, but that distinction lies with Val Patrick of Hamilton whose letter, along with several others that appear in today’s Star, I am taking the liberty of reproducing below. Enjoy!

Tea Party Tim Hudak has launched into another round of union-bashing. This time he is focused on the thousands who have no right to strike and are required by law to have wage and benefit disputes settled by arbitration. His target this day was the firefighters of Stratford.

Attacking the decision in their

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