Tim Hudak

Defeated in the mayoral race, now Doug Ford wants Tim Hudak’s job Defeated in the mayoral race, now Doug Ford wants Tim Hudak’s job

In the lead-up to the mayoral election, Doug Ford suggested that he’d leave politics if he couldn’t convince voters to to hand him his brother’s crown. Now, though, with the election over and the Ford dynasty in shambles, he seems to have changed his mind. The Globe reports that Ford is openly musing about running… Read more »

Tim Hudak’s divisive campaign was almost even crazier Tim Hudak’s divisive campaign was almost even crazier

Soon-to-be-former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak arguably lost last week’s provincial election because of his promise to cut 100,000 public-sector jobs, a scary proclamation that even some party loyalists admit wasn’t sold to the public particularly skillfully. At best, Hudak’s rhetoric was brutally truthful, and now, as intra-party discord begins to leak into the… Read more »

Reaction Roundup: responses to Thursday’s Liberal victory, from most to le... Reaction Roundup: responses to Thursday’s Liberal victory, from most to least pessimistic

Last night’s election was a surprising victory for premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals. With a majority government secured, they’ll most likely have four years to implement their agenda free of interference. Despite the euphoria in progressive circles, there are plenty of people for whom this outcome is nothing short of a disaster—Tim Hudak, for one. His… Read more »

Do you know who you’re voting for in tomorrow’s provincial election? Do you know who you’re voting for in tomorrow’s provincial election?

The 2014 provincial election is on Thursday, and it’s bound to be a tough one. Ontario voters have a choice between a Liberal party that has squandered billions of dollars on ill-conceived projects, a Conservative party that is basically lying when it says its austerity agenda will create a million jobs and an NDP leadership… Read more »

Ontario media union endorses anyone but Tim Hudak Ontario media union endorses anyone but Tim Hudak

Journalistic objectivity is a fraught notion even under ideal circumstances. Even so, it’s a little astonishing (and a true indicator of how contentious this month’s provincial election really is) that a union that represents some of the best journalists in Toronto and around the province has abandoned all pretence of impartiality in the hopes of… Read more »

Two free dailies sell their covers to two different political parties on the sam... Two free dailies sell their covers to two different political parties on the same day

Take a look at those two covers. (The one on the left is 24 Hours, in case it wasn’t obvious.) At first glance—and these freebie commuter papers often only get a single glance—it looks like the two media outlets have come to completely opposite conclusions about last night’s Ontario leaders’ debate. Metro seems to think… Read more »

Gas plants and folksy anecdotes: a few running themes from last night’s On... Gas plants and folksy anecdotes: a few running themes from last night’s Ontario leaders’ debate

In Tuesday’s Ontario leaders’ debate, the single most high-profile event in this month’s provincial election, PC leader Tim Hudak, NDP leader Andrea Horwath and premier Kathleen Wynne mostly stuck to the same few talking points that they’ve been hawking to voters since before the writ dropped. This made for bad television (more than a few… Read more »

Economists say Tim Hudak’s “million jobs” promise is probably a math error Economists say Tim Hudak’s “million jobs” promise is probably a math error

Politicians “create jobs” the same way homeopathic medicines treat cancer—which is to say, they almost definitely don’t at all, but a certain percentage of the population will never be convinced of that. Political change can nudge job numbers in the right direction, but the economy, like the human body, is too big and complex to… Read more »

Tim Hudak would cancel the Finch and Sheppard light-rail lines Tim Hudak would cancel the Finch and Sheppard light-rail lines

It has been almost 20 years since the last time a newly elected conservative provincial government cancelled a major Toronto public-transit project, and it seems as though Tim Hudak thinks the city is overdue for a repeat. The PC leader told reporters this morning that, if his party wins next month’s election, he’ll cancel four… Read more »

Wait—maybe Tim Hudak won’t win a majority, after all Wait—maybe Tim Hudak won’t win a majority, after all

This is why pre-election polls are tricky. Earlier this week, we found out that a survey conducted by Ipsos Reid had given a slight edge to the Tories in next month’s provincial election. That was good news for Tim Hudak, who seemed to be on his way to forming a majority government. Today, the Star… Read more »

Tim Hudak may win a majority, a new poll analysis shows Tim Hudak may win a majority, a new poll analysis shows

Despite some PR hiccups, it appears that the lead-up to next month’s provincial election has been relatively kind to Tim Hudak. A new analysis by ThreeHundredEight.com, an election-tracking website run by political reporter Éric Grenier, gives Hudak’s PC party a high probability of winning a majority when voters go to the polls.

Spot the difference: Tim Hudak’s PR-disaster face Spot the difference: Tim Hudak’s PR-disaster face

Over the course of the past week, two of Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak’s campaign-trail photo-ops haven’t gone so well. First there was the campaign kick-off event at a music studio, where reporters posed awkward questions about his party’s opposition to music-industry grants. And then, on Saturday, Hudak ran into some problems with transit police… Read more »

CBC’s Metro Morning confirms the obvious: nobody pays attention t... CBC’s Metro Morning confirms the obvious: nobody pays attention to Queen’s Park

Anyone who cares about provincial politics may want to sit down before listening to the first two minutes of this segment from today’s Metro Morning. The radio show had a reporter stand on John Street, where she asked more than a dozen passers-by to identify the three leaders of Ontario’s major provincial parties. At least…

VIDEO: Tim Hudak grins his way through an excruciating election kick-off photo-o... VIDEO: Tim Hudak grins his way through an excruciating election kick-off photo-op

That face in the image above is the face of a trapped man. It’s the face Tim Hudak made on Monday during a miscalculated photo-op at MetalWorks Group, a recording studio in Mississauga. Hudak had intended to talk about his “million jobs plan,” the Ontario PC party’s fairly self-explanatory election platform. The plan aims to… Read more »

Pembina Institute’s message to public-transit voters: pick anyone but the Tori... Pembina Institute’s message to public-transit voters: pick anyone but the Tories

The Pembina Institute, an environmental think tank, has just released one of its periodic reports on public transit in Toronto, and the takeaway is clear. The institute is saying, essentially, that if you care about transit in Toronto, you should vote for anyone you like in the upcoming provincial election, as long as they’re not… Read more »