But it is about time we took something of an in-depth look at Tim Hudak's newest vision for Ontario. The best way to do that is to take a look at what the PC Caucus will probably form its next platform on. Called "Paths to Prosperity," its essentially a series of white papers put out in late 2012 that outlines the PC Caucus' priorities, and is the basis for Hudak's recent fundraising speech. Here are some of the highlights that I've found so far:
- selling off assets of Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One to private investors (essentially, moving to privatize these publicly-owned utilities). - Paths to Prosperity: Affordable Energy, p. 9
- encouraging consolidation of local power utilities across Ontario, ostensibly by abolishing the 33% tax on sales - Affordable Energy, p. 10-11
- ending government subsidies for "green energy" basically across the board, instead leaving it up to consumers to choose the "green option" if they want to (including the higher cost, 'cause you know people will go for that) - Affordable Energy, p. 16-18
- repeating the mantra that "tax cuts create jobs" and saying they'll "significantly" cut taxes across the board - An Agenda for Growth, p. 10-11
- cutting out at least 33% of all regulations in Ontario in three years, tying ministerial pay to the amount of regulations cut and requiring that any new regulations brought in by the government will have an equal amount of regulations cut out - An Agenda for Growth, p. 21
- a clear case of Randy Hillier, who wrote the "Flexible Labour Markets" section, noting that correlation does indeed equal causation, implying that US states with mandatory unionization have lower growth than states without mandatory unionization because its mandatory. - Flexible Labour Markets, p. 9
- the idea that Randy Hillier should be writing something related to labour markets is scary in and of itself.
- allowing private insurance to compete with the WSIB, then simultaneously funding WSIB 100% (all while cutting the deficit completely by 2017!) - Flexible Labour Markets, p. 14-15
- reducing the size of the Ministry of Health and Longe Term Care, making it essentially an overseer instead of a micromanager of the system; replacement will be, apparently, regional "health hubs" and municipal-level oversight - Patient-Centered Health Care, all.
- the entire "Welfare to Work" booklet is... yeah, go read it.
There are a tonne of other books, but you can get an impression by reading the first few of where exactly Tim Hudak and his PC Caucus is planning on taking Ontario - whatever fresh hell states like Wisconsin or Michigan now exist within.
Don't get me wrong, of what I've read there are some very sensible ideas within "Paths to Prosperity," its actually kind of a revolutionary document that I think the PCs wish they had back in 2011. However, given Hudak's recent fundraising speech, he doesn't seem to be focusing on many of those sensible ideas. Hudak's vision for Ontario is to push forward with the parts of those documents that are simple and easier for the voter to understand, positions that get the blood riled up so he can throw around some red meat to the voters.
The man is essentially aiming to become a Republican governor who took a wrong turn north, attacking those evil money-grubbing public workers, cutting taxes and stripping regulations of their power, stomping on public utilities and handing us over to private investor's whims, yet increasing spending to the point where we'll be lucky if he limits himself to the damage Mike Harris caused with his similarly neo-conservative economic policies.
Sounds absolutely wonderful, doesn't it?