Thursday, February 6, 2014

Does Hudak even want to win an election?

If the new year has shown us anything so far, its that the Ontario Progressive Conservatives and their leader Tim Hudak seem hell bent on giving either the governing Ontario Liberals or the NDP a chance to win the next election. Given their former leader's past and current stupidity, I'm starting to wonder if its more than a coincidence that every recent leader of theirs aims towards the party's collective foot.

Tim Hudak's promotion of making Ontario the country's first right-to-work province is so far outside of the mainstream that members of his own party, a collection of some of the most right-wing folks in the province, are worried about the implications. A PC candidate has already been dropped because of opposition to the plan, and now a memos have come to light that details the doubt of sitting PC caucus members. That would be considered a disaster for any normal party leader - it has to be even worse for one whose leadership already rests on shaky foundations.

But it isn't just how Hudak is tearing his own party apart internally, its how he is managing to destroy its chances of winning an election as well. The one thing that an Opposition party should never do when facing a government saddled with baggage like the Ontario Liberals are, is to draw attention go your own!

Beyond just being a stupid idea, Hudak's right-to-work push is drawing attention to his own questionable policies and leadership abilities - just as John Tory did back in 2007, with the failed religious schools policy that cost him the election against Dalton McGuinty. Hudak's focus should be on showcasing the failings of the government, not showcasing his inability to get along with unionized workers. This is the second time he's done something like this too - remember his musings about the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal?

This all seemingly stems from Hudak's Republican-esque logic that he lost in 2011 because he wasn't far enough go the right. As I noted in a previous post on Hudak's "Paths to Prosperity" policy papers, the man is trying to import the damage done to states like Michigan and Wisconsin into Ontario. I would call it delusional if I didn't know any better. Instead I think its a ploy of some sort - maybe he wants out? If only.

Regardless of what his reasons are, we with the opposite viewpoints need to ensure the rest of Ontario knows how disastrous Hudak's policies would be for us. I do expect Hudak to defeat himself and his own party, but it definitely won't hurt if he help them along.


  1. I don't think the "right to work" policy is a good idea but, religious schools could have worked. I think it a disgrace that Ontario and Alberta fund Catholic schools but do not fund other religious denominations; either fund all or none is my opinion.

    An opposition party can not continually be the party of "No" and expect to win government. As the BC NDP demonstrate election after election a party of continuous negativity and opposition is a party that has no plan on how they would run government. Adrian Dix had no policies and no plan and because his platform was weak he needed to stay outside the lime light during the campaign lest people start asking questions such as; what is your plan to strengthen employment in rural BC? Or how will Metro Vancouver receive oil if the Kinder Morgan pipeline is rejected?

    Christy Clark's plan is ambitious perhaps even naive. 6-8 LNG plants plus the needed infrastructure such as the Site C hydroelectric dam to generate the necessary power. This will require considerable capital up front and the return will only materialise if certain international conditions are met. In short her plan is open to criticism but, the BC NDP could not even do that because their own plan was inherently inferior since, it was non-existent.

    Hudak is in the same boat he absolutely must critique the Liberal party and focus attention on their many failings but, he also needs a platform that people can rally around and give people a reason to vote PC. many people are tired of the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals the Province is rype for a change (which is why the Liberals keep losing by-elections) but, leadership is about putting forward ideas as much as being a competent manager. If an idea is not popular he can rescind it and by doing so demonstrate he "listens" to people. That is a far better alternative than simply being the party of "No".

    1. I'm not disagreeing with you - being a Party of No is bad. But its also just as bad to be the Party of Bad Ideas.

      Look at how McNeil did it Nova Scotia, putting forward policy and ideas but not anything so controversial that he would direct attention away from the failings of the Dexter government. That is the strategy you want to emulate.

    2. It's a good point: when your opponents are making mistakes best to get out of the way!