Tim Hudak: the Great White Hope/ or Beam Me Up Scotty?!
Provincial Conservative Party + Ontario opposition leader Tim Hudak is either the second coming of Mike Harris or the Ontario neo conservative movement's last strike. Expect Hudak to be dumped pretty quickly by his frustrated party if he loses again. He's got a lot on the line; it's sink or swim time for Tim!
Hudak's much touted "Million Dollar Jobs" plan uses kindergarten language and concepts to try isolate, in the voters mind, Ontario's situation outside the context of the 2008 worldwide economic meltdown and blame it on unions, progressives and the OLP + NDP parties. Once Hudak is elected the crisis will supposedly end cartoon style as our PC Peter Pan sprinkles neo con fairy dust on all that ails us to make it go away. It is a very thin veil for Hudak's American style neo conservative agenda. These positions are spelled out in his various election white papers, a Wiscon Redux plan to strip contracts and pension plans, break the unions, eliminate job protection and roll back other workplace gains while reducing Ontario to a low wage economy. Ignore Hudak's token "anti corporate bums" slogan , its sheer window dressing to hide his true aims.
Jobs?! Heck Timbo can create a kajillion of them folks!
Success will depend upon how gullible Ontarians are to Hudak's glib arguments in face of the complex economic, political and social issues facing the province as it crawls out from under the very economic meltdown ironically created by Hudak's neo con puppet meisters in 2008. Hudak's arguments will not bear close scrutiny despite his often self referenced economic degree. Expect glittering generalities, red herrings, just plain folk claims, name calling and avoidance of any indepth issue based discussion or debates. If the discontent of a voter backlash to "kick the bums out" [as portrayed by the Hudak generated double headed OLP + NDP monster] is strong enough, voters will be gulping down the Hudak draino to cure their pinko sore throat, destroying the progressive movement in Ontario for many years to come.
Hudak's liabilities will be his lack of an award winning personality, to put in mildly, and his irritating, shallow and condescending manner. It will be interesting to see how his aggressive alpha male style approach + style contrasts with his two female party leader opponents. There will of course be a lot of union bashing, attacks on the less fortunate as well as other scapegoats and boogy men in the typical Tory neo con divide and conquer strategy of years past. Keep a ear to the ground to hear when the homophobic and sexist fears will be quietly stroked among angry soft voters in the traditional right wing Catholic groups, Toronto Ford Nation and in the more white bread back road hinterlands of the province, once push comes to shove. In general. watch to see if Timbo or others in his party bear their teeth, drop their facade and go for their enemies jugular, a potentially very lethal mistake!
In The News:
In a move straight out of the Mike Harris playbook, Harris announces he would cut 100,000 public sector jobs @ Harris Redux
Hudaks "Dodge Caravan" Million Jobs Campaign: Timbo won't address reporters questions @ Dodgy!
Why the numbers don't add up for Hudak's "million jobs plan" explained @ CCPA
Hudaks economic plan based upon bad math @ Doesn't add up!
Hudak is aware that an election victory on June 12th might well just depend on whom can get their voters out to vote @ Online Strategy
Hudaks strategy of attacking the Working Family Coalition might well have backfired on him, by helping to mobilize the Ontario labour movement @ Bad Move!
Working Families Coalition is taking the Hudak PC's to court for false claims + defamation @ PC Con Game!
Then he brought up his "million job plan" @ National Post
Educators beware: In a move straight out of the Harris Years, PC leader Hudak's latest white paper on education discusses cutting non teaching jobs in our schools + putting the breaks on all day kindergarten @ Harris Redux
Timbo would scrap the College of Trades because he says its just a cash grab + added tax. This is from the leader of the party that created the Ontario College of Teachers or Tories, as we once use to say during the Harris Years @ Ontario College Of Tories
Hudak's white paper on WSIB would let business decide what injured workers are paid. How do you spell conflict of interest? Read carefully @ WSIB
This Toronto Sun columnist is even aware that Hudak's arguments + campaign style are sadly wanting @ A Boob?!
Just in case you need convincing: Hudak stump speech about a successful business was staged at a "corporate welfare bum" plant @ Dem Bums!
Tim bits! Hudak, A Caucus Revolt + The Secret Mike Harris Agenda @ Here!
Hudak Blames Unions for By Election Defeat @ Here!
Hudak's Plans for Right 2 Work 4 Less Revisited @ Here!
Why Do We Need A Teacher Union? @ Here!
Ontario Election 2011: What PC Election Debates?!? Mum's the word @ Here!