I know we are all now in holiday mode! School's out! The provincial election is over! Sometimes important news items just skip past the old scanner. However, here's one we shouldn't miss!
Boo Hoo! Hudak returns this week to the legislature for the first time since the election!
This Wednesday two weeks after his fellow PC MPP's were sworn into office at Queen's Park, former PC Party Leader Tim Hudak arrives for a private ceremony before he finally attends the summer legislative session. He tells reporters he doesn't want to reflect too much on his election campaign. Must be tough eh? You can read the story @ Beat!
As you will recall, this June Hudak was finally given the old heave-ho by his Queen's Park Caucus. The parties displeasure was quite understandable. Hudak lost the spring election to the Wynne Liberals. Moreover, they lost 10 seats. It was an election that by all odds should've been his to win. Instead he handed the Liberals a landslide victory!
Immediately after the election, Interim PC Party leader Jim Wilson gave an insightful interview. He admitted some very interesting items of special note, First, that the PC Queen's Park Caucus has felt "disenfranchised" from the party policy and decision making process for the past 10 years. Secondly, Hudak's giddy election announcement that he intended to axe 100,000 public service jobs was a big surprise and not popular with many of his own MPP's. Thirdly, Jim Wilson says the PC's are tired of attacking people. After 10 years of that they need to re win the public trust. You can watch and hear the interview @ Jim Wilson
Some observations: It shouldn't be a surprise that the official PC caucus is feeling disenfranchised. Indeed last summer it was reported in the news, and here on my blogsite, that Hudak had a "secret caucus" advising him, rather than the duly elected PC Caucus at Queens Park. It was made up of ex Harrisites including many of Hudak's old neo con buddies from across Ontario and even in Ottawa! Hudak managed to avert a party revolt at last fall's leadership review. But who knows what deals he made to hang on as long as he has?
Hudak's secret caucus was hardly a democratic way to run a government in waiting. It only seems fair that in the final analysis justice has been served and he is gone. Perhaps we are seeing an end to the Harris Years once and for all? Hmmm. For your erudition you can review the names, connections and political intrigues of the Hudak secret cabinet and the party revolt last summer from my blog then @ Tim's Big Secret
Hudak's surprise 100,000 jobs cut announcement was certainly a big mistake that cost the party dearly. It has long been a typical Harrisite strategy to use these sort of tactics to try to scapegoat and blame the province's economic woes on the backs of the public service sector, including teachers. Also to create wedge issues like these to split the public vote. It's all a part of their well known neo con divide and conquor strategy. The real goal is to defeat the union movement and roll back our workplace gains. Hudak should hardly have expected, despite his outrage, that we would not rally and fight back. Indeed, in assuming he could thereby strengthen his hand against working families and the unions, he was very badly mistaken.
Hudak is his own worse enemy. He has nobody to blame but himself. His plan failed. Instead, the Ontario labour movement went on the offensive to combat his US Republican Wisconsin North cloned agenda, which included issues like "Right to Work for Less" in the winter by-election, and his 100,000 public service job cuts plan this spring. As he found out, the Harris Years are indeed over.
Labour was organized and ready! First there was the OFL's No Right 2 Work 4 Less campaign. Also the teacher unions' "Who Speaks for children?" and "Building Better Schools" campaigns, among others. If Hudak was thinking 2014 would be like 1995 all over again, he was dead wrong. Our well prepared messaging worked too expose his secret bullshit agenda! Unlike during the Harris Years, the voters showed they were fed up with his negative, divisive antics at the ballot box. Indeed, for a refresher on the teacher unions involvement in the spring election please reread my blogs @ Here! and @ Here!
Ontario Spring Election 2015: Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!
The Ontario PC's can usually count on about 1/3 of the electorate voting Conservative. Historically this hardcore element will not vote for another party but rather they will abstain from voting at all to show their disapproval with the party. When we consider the Hudak PC's 31% popular vote he would seem to have fallen a little short. When we consider that number also includes soft voters just exercising a protest vote against the Liberals, his drop in party support was probably a lot greater. No wonder Jim Wilson claims it's time for the PC's to stop always being negative and attacking people, and that the party needs to regain the public trust! Is it possible that the Harris Era, 13 years after the governments defeat, is finally over once and for all?
One needs to watch the upcoming leadership race carefully. Hopefully Mike Harris, Deb Hutton and the PC neo con right have finally crawled back under their rocks, but don't count on it! As their desperate, pathetic ploy to regain power in the spring 2014 election has shown, they are still around. Like a bad smell, they might linger! We are wise to hope for the best but also realize that Ontario progressives must remain eternally vigilant! Hudak's secret Harris caucus has been decisively defeated. However let's not ever get fooled again like in 1995 and 1998. The new PC Party: neo con no more? It could be a very interesting PC leadership race! Bring it on!
SOME MORE RELATED NEWS LINKS:
Typical: Hudak Blames Unions for By Election Defeat @ Here!
Diabolical BS: Hudak's Plans for Right 2 Work 4 Less Policy Revisited @ Here!
Goodbye to Tim! Hudak's Right 2 Work 4 Less Policy Foiled by Unions @ Here!