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Ontario, We Hardly Knew Ye…

March 31st, 2014

“This is a premier who talks a big game about accountability… but she chose not to show up,” Howarth told reporters.

However, Howarth dodged questions on whether her party would support the Liberal budget…

This has been a regular feature of Ontario politics since the last election. Howarth supports Wynne on the only votes that count, then spends the rest of her time complaining about her politics or ethics.

And, oh yea, PC leader Tim Hudak will still be hard pressed to win any election that may or may not be coming. That is, to put it bluntly, a scathing indictment of Hudak and the party that simply doesn’t have the guts to put up a leader with a chance to win.

That said, Hudak deserves kudos for what he said this weekend, and it bears repeating since Wynne has threatened to sue him for saying it, thus letting us know she doesn’t want us hearing it, and Hudak has all the stones of a post-pubescent soprano in an all male choir and is likely to retract at any moment:

Now we know that since this happened during her time in the premier’s office that she oversaw and possibly ordered the destruction of government documents as part of the cover-up

As Kate over at SDA points out, our man Dalton is hiding at Harvard. Fortunatly, it turns out the internet revolution has,in fact, come to Harvard and they have email there now. She thinks emailing him there might be something worth doing, but I kind of think emailing Harvard themselves with your concern over their choice of Fellow and his ethics might have more bang for the buck.


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Tilting at Deep Fryers

March 14th, 2013
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With new Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne doing what Liberals do, i.e. hiding from scandal and perverting our children, while Ontario descends further into have-not status and our children’s future earnings are already gone, it’s time for bold Conservative action.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Tim Hudak:

A successful agriculture sector is vital to ensuring a stronger economy all across Ontario. This is why PC Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Critic Ernie Hardeman and I are launching the latest Ontario PC white paper – Paths to Prosperity: Respect for Rural Ontario…

Some of these ideas include:

– Creating a two per cent Ontario biodiesel mandate to reduce greenhouse gasses…

The green energy program has been a Liberal disaster, Tim Hudak, Conservative leader, therefore, wants to implement the green food program.


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Tim Hudak Must Go

September 7th, 2012

After tonight’s provincial by-elections in Kitchener-Waterloo and Vaughan, party President Richard Ciano sent an email to the faithful:

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…we showed that we are the only Party that can put Ontario back on the right track.

So you won those by-elections then?

Woah, not so fast there. Vaughan was Liberal before the vote, and we all know how hard it is to gain a seat from a governing party mid-term.

Kitchener-Waterloo then?

Well here’s the thing, it was a Conservative seat. And it’s not now a Liberal seat. No, a 22-year Tory seat is now NDP. That’s not showing we can put Ontario on the right track, it’s standing on the track wondering what that light is, and why is it getting bigger?

It’s become clear, if it wasn’t last October, that Tim Hudak can’t win. He is, as Mark Steyn likes to say about Republican Presidential candidates, a nice guy who gives great concession speeches.

Over the last nine years Ontario has gone from economic powerhouse to a recipient of federal equalization, the debt has gone through the roof and public finances are a mess. How do you beat a guy with a record like that?

Turns out, showing up isn’t enough. And neither is Tim Hudak.

I like Tim Hudak, he’s a nice guy and seems like a truly decent man, but enough already. If we are ever to get this province back on track, we need a leader who can win, and Tim Hudak ain’t him.


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Buy Your Own Damn Christmas Tree!

December 1st, 2010
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On the day before Rob Ford became mayor of Toronto, winning with a campaign that promised no more culture of entitlement, the politicians at Queens Park were fighting over who’s gets the biggest taxpayer funded Christmas tree in their office. It appears that Speaker Steve Peters made off with a tree that had been designated for Tim Hudak.

The story of this absurd pissing match begins, but does not end, with speaker Peters invoking himself in the third person:

The Speaker wanted to have the tallest Christmas tree in the building,” Speaker Steve Peters explained.

Hey Peters, you want the biggest tree, go to Loblaws and buy the biggest tree. MPPs make over 110,000 a year, the speaker gets a stipend on top of that (the biggest stipend in the building, At Home in Hespeler is betting).

Here’s the irony. In large letters, all by themselves, on the Speakers web page, it says, “The Speaker is a servant of the House.”

Just as our public servants think the term servant means “we get to lord over you,” so the speaker thinks the term means “the speaker gets to lord over the house.”

Lest you think I am unfairly advocating  pox on the Speakers oversized, taxpayer owned and operated house, think again:

Tim Hudak’s staff was in an uproar Tuesday after his large office Christmas tree was nabbed and replaced with a stunted version of Yuletide timber…

PC staff members… handed out “free Tim’s tree” stickers to passersby in an effort to get it back. (Wonder who paid for those stickers?)

Yes, the leader of the Conservative Party started this nonsense. The left like to accuse Tim Hudak of being all Mike Harrisy, but I don’t see Harris caring about his office Christmas tree:

“In fact, it looks a bit more like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree,” charged Hudak. “Size does matter when it comes to Christmas trees.”

What’s with the Peanuts-aphobia? Cartoon characters vote too Mr. wanna be Premier. And another size matters joke, dear God! What if the teacher hears?

Yes, what if?

”I guess around here the boys think that size matters,” she (Andrea Horwath) said. “Apparently my tree is on the way and I’m sure it will be lovely… It’s more about the celebration than it is about the size or shape of a tree.”

Actually, it’s not about  the celebration, it’s about taxpayers apparently putting Christmas trees in every bloody office from Yorkville to Osgoode Hall:

Members who were concerned about the size of their Christmas tree were to be allowed to pick out a new one from a selection in the northwestern parking lot of the building.

Free trees in the Northwest parking lot at Queen’s Park, got it. Know were I’m going tomorrow. And now that the war on cars is over, it should be a breeze to get downtown.

Funny, Premier Dad has been vewy, vewy quiet on this issue. Wonder what he’s up to:

…the tree outside Premier Dalton McGuinty’s office was… so big in fact that a hydraulic lift was brought in to help with the decorating.

A pox on all their houses. And I repeat…

Buy Your Own Damn Christmas Tree!


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Quelle Surprise: Smart Meters Aren’t Saving Money

September 15th, 2010

Did anyone believe him? Anyone…? Beuller…?  Dalton McGuinty told you a) Smart Meters will save you money on electricity & b) They would be revenue neutral. Always revenue neutral with these guys, always that means there is the same amount of revenue as before, but they’ll have more of it.imgp7620

Here’s what I said about Smart Meters, as it related to a rate increase a Toronto Hydro because of successful conservation efforts:

…once everybody is doing their dishes in the middle of the night demand will increase at that time, causing the rate to increase in the middle of the night.

Of course, I was off a bit: Premier Dad didn’t wait until everybody was doing their dishes in the middle of the night. Smart Meters raised everybody’s electricity bill automatically, regardless of when you use electricity.

I’ve been paying HST all over town. I can’t wait for the election to vote against this guy.

Dalton McGuinty doesn’t seem to quite get, he’s got a real problem.

The question is, does Tim Hudak get that he’s got a real opportunity. Smart Meters are just the tip of the iceburg.


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Ladies and Gentlemen, My MLA…

August 19th, 2010
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Cambridge MPP Gerry Martiniuk will not introduce the private member’s bill that would have seen Victoria Day renamed Victory in Europe Day.

3297243839_9e2c381713Gerry Martiniuk is the Progressive Conservative critic for labour and seniors. It’s entirely appropriate because, like the union stewards at work, you only ever see him, or hear from him at election time.

The MPP stated he was concerned historical events such as the end of the Second World War would be forgotten with the passing of veterans and potential closure of Royal Canadian Legions.

Because when they were naming the holiday Victoria Day, they just picked the name Victoria at random out of the phone book.

I’m all in favour of doing something to remember World War Too (although you would think the critic for seniors would be aware of Remembrance Day), but the reason history gets lost is because we decide it’s a throw away commodity. Victoria Day was chosen as a holiday because it was the birthday of the longest reigning British monarch in history.

In Canada, 1837 to 1901 were big deal years. She reigned through our formative years as a country. She proclaimed us a country, signing the BNA act in March 1867. May 24 is her birthday, and so important to us we named a case of beer after her.

Simply put, you can’t cast aside history and complain history is being cast aside. Don’t take a holiday that celebrates an historical figures birthday, and change the name to something not relevant to that birthday, in the name of improving knowledge of history.

But hey, don’t blame me, I warned Tim Hudak he wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.


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Hudak Wins

June 27th, 2009
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It is being reported through twitter that Tim Hudak has defeated Frank Klees 5606 to 4643.

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Afterthought: Tim Hudak has garnered 55% of the third ballot votes to defeat Frank Klees. Just under 500 of Christine Elliot’s 2900 second ballot votes went to Hudak, while a significant 1400 went to Frank Klees. It was not enough however, and Tim Hudak is the next leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario: a job that will come with daily venom, vicious innuendo spoken of you and, God forbid you should ever win an election, the noisiest 1/2% of the population will burn you in effigy on a daily basis. Congratulations Tim.

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Update: Joanne at Blue Like You, Sandy at Crux of the Matter and United and Strong are all reporting the Hudak victory now.

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First Ballot Results

June 27th, 2009
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Tim Hudak leads after first ballot voting at the Ontario Provincial Conservative Party Convention with 33% of the vote. Frank Klees follows closely with 30% followed by Christine Elliott at 26% and Randy Hillier at 10%.

From United and Strong:

The Results have come in:

107 of 107 ridings:

Hudak: 3511
Klees: 3093
Elliott: 2728
Hillier 1013

The Roll call for the Second round balloting will be after lunch, with Randy Hillier being dropped from second round balloting.

Ajax Pickering – Elliott wins
Algoma Manitoulin – Hudak wins
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale – Hudak wins
Barrie – Hudak wins
Beaches-East York – Klees wins
Bramalea-Gore-Malton – Klees wins
Brampton Springdale – Klees wins
Brampton West – Klees wins
Brant – Hudak wins
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound – Elliott wins
Burlington – Hudak wins
Cambridge – Klees wins
Carleton-Missippi Mills – Hillier wins
Chatham Kent Essex – Hudak wins
Davenport – 3-way tie (Hudak, Elliott, Klees)
Don Valley East – Klees wins
Don Valley West – Hudak wins
Dufferin-Caledon – Elliott wins
Durham – Elliott wins
Eglington Lawrence – Elliott wins
Elgin Middlesex London – Klees wins
Essex – Elliott wins
Etobicoke Centre – Klees wins
Etobicoke Lakeshore – Klees wins
Etobicoke North – Hudak wins
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell – Hillier wins
Guelph – Hudak wins
Haldimand-Norfolk – Hudak wins
Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock – Hudak wins
Halton – Hudak wins
Hamilton Centre – Hudak wins
Hamilton East-Stoney Creek – Hudak wins
Hamilton Mountain – Hudak wins
Huron Bruce – Klees wins
Kenora-Rainy River – Hudak wins
Kingston and the Islands – Elliott wins
Kitchener Centre – Klees wins
Kitchener Conestoga – Klees wins
Kitchener Waterloo – Elliott wins
Lambton Kent Middlesex – Klees wins
Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington – Hillier win
Leeds-Grenville – Hudak wins
London-Fanshawe – Hudak wins
London North Centre – Hudak wins
London West – Hudak wins
Markham-Unionville – Klees wins
Mississauga-Brampton South – Klees wins
Mississauga East Cooksville – Klees wins
Mississauga Erindale – Klees wins
Mississauga South – Klees wins
Mississauga Streetsville – Hudak wins
Nepean Carleton – Hudak wins
Newmarket Aurora – Klees wins
Niagara Falls – Hudak wins
Niagara West Glanbrook – Hudak wins
Nickel Belt – Klees wins
Nipissing – Hudak wins
Northumberland-Quinte West – Elliott wins
Oak Ridges-Markham – Klees wins
Oakville – Elliott wins
Oshawa – Elliott wins
Ottawa Centre – Hudak wins
Ottawa-Orleans – Hudak wins
Ottawa South – Hudak wins
Ottawa Vanier – Elliott wins
Ottawa West Nepean – Hudak wins
Oxford – Hudak wins
Parkdale-High Park – Klees wins
Parry Sound-Muskoka – Hudak wins
Perth-Wellington – Hudak wins
Peterborough – Elliott wins
Pickering-Scarborough East – Elliott wins
Prince Edward-Hastings – Hudak wins
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke – Hudak wins
Richmond Hill – Klees wins
St Catharines – Hudak wins
St Paul’s – Elliott wins
Sarnia-Lambton – Hudak wins
Sault Ste Marie – Elliott wins
Scarborough-Agincourt – Hudak wins
Scarborough Centre – Klees wins
Scarborough Guildwood – Klees wins
Scarborough Rouge River – Klees wins
Scarborough Southwest – Klees wins
Simcoe-Grey – Hudak wins
Simcoe-North – Hudak wins
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry – Elliott wins
Sudbury – Klees wins
Thornhill – Klees wins
Thunder Bay-Atikokan – Klees wins
Thunder Bay-Superior North – Hudak wins
Timiskaming-Cochrane – Hudak wins
Timmins-James Bay – Hudak wins
Toronto Centre – Elliott wins
Toronto Danforth – Elliott wins
Trinity Spadina – Hudak wins
Vaughan – Hudak wins
Welland – Hudak wins
Wellington-Halton Hills – Elliott wins
Whitby-Oshawa – Elliott wins
Willowdale – Klees wins
Windsor-Tecumseh – Hudak wins
Windsor West – Elliott wins
York Centre – Klees wins
York Simcoe – Klees wins
York South Weston – Elliott wins
York West – Elliott wins

The roll call for the second ballot will happen after lunch, with Randy Hiller dropped from the second round.

Let the back-room politicking begin.

Follow the votes at United and Strong

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Taking Tim Hudak’s Call

June 23rd, 2009

I received a call this afternoon from Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Tim Hudak, ostensibly to thank me for endorsing him in my post last Saturday.  I have been hearing that Hudak is an easy to like kind of guy, and it couldn’t be more true.  I have never seen him in action, but based on one phone call I have no doubt he’s a guy who knows the politicians art of working a room.

my-shoe-phoneThe conversation moved quickly and smoothly, ranging from what kind of dog I had (she was being noisy), to my thoughts on the future of the auto industry, human rights commissions, the past and future of the Ontario PC party and my local PC MPP, Gerry Martiniuk, whom is a Tim Hudak supporter. The conversation involved me desperately trying to scribble the odd note, scribble being the operative word.  Here’s a brief recall of the conversation.

Hudak seems to consider the HRCs a big issue, and he had examples at hand of the abuse of the system, including an Ontario town (I can’t recall which one) that has had a eight HRC complaints against them by one citizen, one of his complaints being there isn’t a sidewalk in front of his house (next year he’ll complain he has to shovel the snow on his new sidewalk).

On blogs, Hudak pointed out that the press gallery is shrinking dramatically at Queen’s Park. The net result being there are not enough reporters covering the government and are thus less able to hold their feet to the fire. It’s the blogs that are picking up the slack, and as such, the blogs are becoming more important.

As for the race for leader, he and I both agreed it was a good race, that saw some ideas emerge from all candidates. It was a healthy process, and Hudak is confident he can win. On the vote itself, he said they had scrutineers in every riding on Sunday, they felt the vote was going well, and about 3o% of party members voted Sunday. The rest will have the opportunity to vote Thursday, the results, of course, will be announced Saturday.

Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get in some question I had prepared, such as inquiring about his four steps to solve the doctor shortage. His ideas are: expanding capacity at medical schools, flexible retirement for physicians, recognize foreign credentials and increase incentives for Canadians studying abroad to return to Canada to practice. However, I feel a big part of the problem is David Peterson/Bob Rae’s old ban on extra billing, and was curious if he’d given any though to rescinding that.

e-health Ontario is another area I would have liked to quiz him, as well as: Caledonia; his favourite Led Zeppelin song (that says a lot about the man); Mike Harris: help or hindrance?; flat tax; the $1,000 newborn baby fund; the HST; who runs PerezHudak.com, and will any known rap artists be smacking him around in the near future?; his solutions for the manufacturing crisis.

While I didn’t get to ask him all that, I did get to tell my son he had been talking to the man who could be the next Premier of Ontario, I had a good excuse for not getting the vacuuming done, and I had a pleasant conversation with a genuinely nice man. I believe he would be an excellent leader, and like Joanne before me, “my interest in Ontario politics has gone from mope to hope and excitement.” And yes, I too am starting to think the PC party might have a chance.

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Endorsing Tim Hudak

June 20th, 2009

I have been watching the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race with some interest the past few months, and slowly but surely made my call on who I think should become the next PC leader. This weekend it all comes to a head, as Progressive Conservatives in Ontario vote for a replacement for John Tory (side note: really, you people want John Tory to run for Mayor of Toronto? You like David Miller that much?). I have at different times written off every candidate in this race for one reason or another, but the time has come to endorse somebody, anybody.

picphpFirst, lets do away with the caveats: I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of any political party. I did consider taking out a membership for this race, but never did.  I do, however, tend to vote Conservative (not so much Progressive), although my vote has to be earned. I refuse to just give it to the guy who’s the least left wing.

To start with, lets eliminate a few candidates. Frank Klees is a throwback, a seventies Progressive Conservative who belongs to another time, another ballot. He was, in my opinion, un-vote-able in much the same way John Tory was un-vote-able. Memo to Frank Klees: Dalton McGuinty will probably step down in a few years, you would be very comfortable in the Liberal party.

Randy Hillier I liked, and agreed with him on most issues. I hope the next leader has a seat at the table for Hiller. He is, however, not ready for prime time. He has nowhere near the professionalism and polish needed to run a major political party, and may never develop it. It makes him refreshing, but not an appropriate choice.

And then there were two. How can I not choose Tim Hudak over Christine Elliot. Christine Elliot presented one policy that I was big on, flat taxes. This is possibly the best policy option out there, simplifying the tax system, balancing the tax load between private individuals and corporate, yet at the same time lowering taxes for lower income workers. Sadly, I don’t get the impression Christine Elliot is as committed to a flat tax as I am, I get the impression she can speak it with a straight face, but that it is disposable policy. What your left with is Red Tory Liberal lite policies. Thanks, but no.

tph-launchTim Hudak, on the other hand, comes in with one big plus, the human rights issue. This isn’t a minor issue, in my mind, this is the issue. Frankly put, if you can’t see what is so wrong with these speech tribunals, then you don’t have appropriate conservative credentials. This may never make it to an election platform, Christine Elliot may be right and it may be too dangerous an issue (I disagree, but lets run with it). However, her un willingness to fight for it, to talk of these judge/jury joint ventures in a negative way indicates she doesn’t get what is wrong with undemocratic, un-judicial beaurocrats passing judgement on the speaking habits of the citizenry.  It’s not so much a major policy issue as it is a litmus test: if you won’t talk about disbanding these kangaroo courts, then you’re not my kind of conservative.

On almost all talking points and policy issues, Tim Hudak passes my sniff test. His conservative credentials are strong. He gives the impression that he has conservative values, not because they are a good career decision, but because he believes in the core tenant that freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy.

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Tim Hudak to Scrap Human Rights Tribunals

May 13th, 2009

To use a phrase, it just got interesting. Prospective Ontario Provincial Conservative leader Tim Hudak announced yesterday that if he were to become Premier of Ontario, he would scrap Ontario Human Rights Commission tribunals:

Today, Tim announced his proposal to scrap the Human Rights Tribunal and instead move to a court-based system bound by rules of evidence as opposed to hurt feelings under the current tribunals.

“We must vigorously prosecute people for real acts of illegal discrimination,” said Tim. “This is not the case today, where we have a Commission and a Chair that use the Ontario Human Rights Code as a tool of political advocacy.”

I won’t get to excited until he specifically rules out speech complaints from his new system, but this is definitely promising.

Who I will endorse as leader is quietly shaping up, and Hudak just became a front runner. The question is, what does Randy Hiller, Christine Elliott and Frank Klees have to say on the abominable human rights tribunals?

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Update: Twitter comes through – Randy Hillier is ahead of Hudak on this one:

As Premier, Randy Hillier will introduce legislation to eliminate the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

He will place genuine violations of human rights before real courts, where all parties can be confident that justice will be done and that procedural fairness will not be ignored. Human Rights Commissions will become redundant and will be eliminated.

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Updatier: Hello to readers of Blazing Cat Fur and the wonderful PerezHudak.com.

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