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article imageOp-Ed: Why Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak must step down to beat Liberals

By Andrew Moran     Sep 10, 2012 in Politics
Toronto - Before you know it, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party could become the second Official Opposition party behind Andrea Horwath's New Democrats. If Tim Hudak stays on any longer as the provincial Tory leader, this could be the party's fate.
I was only in junior high school when Dalton McGuinty was put into office by getting his party to win 72 seats. My science teacher at the time was thrilled over McGuinty’s win, while a friend’s father was also ecstatic. He said at the time, “No more waste of my money!” As a conservative-later-turned-libertarian, I highly doubted it, but I wasn’t much of a follower of provincial politics at the time.
After eight years of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s scandal-laden, promise-breaking and debt-ridden Liberal government, it was thought that Tim Hudak and the Progressive Conservatives would win at least a minority government during last year’s provincial election.
In the summertime, before the election campaign officially got underway, polls indicated a Hudak win. Following two terms that was marred with a $1 billion eHealth scandal and new taxes, it was certainly a given that the PCs would establish a new government. However, the opposite occurred and McGuinty was nearly given another majority government.
Fast forward a year later, the premier held two by-elections in Kitchener-Waterloo and Vaughn. This time, the PCs and NDP worked hard to avoid the Grits from getting those seats to secure a majority government. Hudak attempted to get these two seats. What happened? He lost both; the Liberals held on to Vaughn with Steven Del Duca defeating the PC’s Tony Genco and the NDP’s Paul Donofrio and the NDP’s Catherine Fife surprisingly beat the Liberal’s Eric Davis in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Hudak claimed that the Kitchener-Waterloo by-election was bought by the unions.
Although Hudak generated 78 percent of the vote from delegates at the party’s Annual General Meeting earlier this year, it could be about time that those who really want to beat the Grits in the next election and avoid a fourth Liberal term urge Hudak to step down as leader.
How could anyone lose to a governing leader with this kind of record?
- Healthcare premium: One of the biggest tax hikes in Ontario, which was done after McGuinty promised not to raise taxes.
- $1 billion (and counting) eHealth scandal: the Auditor General called it a waste after it was revealed how much money consultants were paid and how they abused taxpayers’ funds.
- ORNGE: The Toronto Star uncovered controversy at the province’s air ambulance service. Taxpayers’ money was wasted, yet again, on compensation to executives, including $1.4 million to President and CEO Chris Mazza.
- Bonuses: It was reported that the Liberals gave bonuses to 98 percent of managers, costing the province $35.6 million
- Power Plant Cancellation: Finance Minister Dwight Duncan admitted in July that the government cancelled construction of a Mississauga power plant days before the fall election. This cost taxpayers more than $190 million.
Please note, this is just the tip of the iceberg of the scandals that McGuinty and company produced.
During last year’s election, Digital Journal brought extensive coverage to you and I received a number of emails explaining that the PCs didn’t have much a platform and just consistently reminded voters of McGuinty’s failure as premier. Indeed, our readers were correct in their analysis. Ontarians already knew what McGuinty did with his government, but they wanted a change. So why repeat these utter malfunctions of our esteemed provincial officials?
It doesn’t look as if Hudak will step down anytime soon. If he did, who would be a possible replacement that could reinvigorate the conservative base and finally defeat the governing Liberals or even the growing New Democrats?
Anyone who will not blow it again.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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