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What is wrong with Tim Hudak?
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What is wrong with Tim Hudak?
What is wrong with Tim Hudak, or looking at the bigger picture, what is wrong with the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party?

South Dundas - April 21, 2012 - What is wrong with Tim Hudak, or looking at the bigger picture, what is wrong with the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party? A poll released April 20th by Nanos Research LINK shows some damning numbers.

First about the party. The Nanos Poll shows that the Liberals led by Dalton McGuinty are at 35.4% of decided voters. The PC's are at 32.1% and the Andrea Horwath led NDP are at 26.5% with a margin of error at 4.8%. Telling numbers. A half a year of McGuinty minority government has not put a ding in the Liberal support, and it has not elevated the PC's either, they are in virtual stalemate. If you took the greenies and merged them into their ideological twins, the NDP, you'd have a three-way tie!

Why do people still support the Liberals? They do it because the unions and other special interest groups in the province have done well with McGuinty's largess. Labour peace was bought by Dalton McGuinty, with the help of the wallets of the Ontario taxpayer. Every special interest group under the sun has gotten mostly what they have wanted when going cap-in-hand to the government. Infrastructure spending has been given to municipalities, schools built, hospitals built, etc. Lots of window-dressing, lipstick and mascara so to speak. Would you bite that feeds you?

Why don't people support the Progressive Conservatives? It's not because no one wants to be the bad guy or be the heavy. It's because the PC's are not genuine. Boil it down this way, conservatism, true conservatism, works based off a simple set of principles. Smaller government, lower taxes, less government interference. Anytime a conservative tries to go into the center or even pull into the left, for policies, ideas, programs or such, they stray away from those basic ideals and they become, liberals. People will not vote for the Ontario PC's because they are not conservative. They do not represent true conservative values. That's not to say there aren't conservatives in the party, but the leadership is not conservative. There is no real difference between the Hudak PC's and the McGuinty Liberals except that Hudak is not McGuinty.

Look at the last election, how can the Ontario PC's be given so many easy targets from eight years of Liberal government and not capitalize on it? E-Health, Health Care Premium, Green Energy, Eco-Fee, the hits keep on coming. None of it was capitalized on. Look at the leadership of the campaign and the party for that failure.

Second lets look at Tim Hudak. In the results from the Nanos poll, Tim Hudak's "trustworthiness" is rated fourth, behind first-place McGuinty, second-place Horwath and the third-place option, "None-of-the-Above". People polled said that no one is trustworthy over Hudak. Congrats Tim Hudak, you just placed fourth out of a three-person race.

Why does no one trust him? Why does no one like him? I can't speak for others, but I don't like him and I lean more to the right side of the political spectrum. Flash back to a year before the election when the E-Health scandal was in full production. When asked about what a Tim Hudak - government would do different, his response was "we'll announce that closer to the election". HUH? Having a crisis and saying that your response will be coming, six months from now is not leadership, it's spin. Tim Hudak is a well-crafted and polished, well-handled by those in the back room. The problem is, McGuinty is too and he's just that much better at it. Being spun, crafted, scripted, Hudak again comes across as someone who is not genuine.

The comedian Lewis Black said this about Donald Trump's possible foray into the US Presidential Race, and it is fitting to describe McGuinty and Hudak:

"That’s what he’s best at: putting a bow on a turd, marking up the price and selling it so hard, you want it, even though you know it’s just a turd with a bow on it!"

The Ontario economy is in the worse shape since the depression, worse than where Bob Rae left it, frankly it's a turd. We have a "Green Energy" scheme that is marking up the price of electricity, we've become a have-not province, jobs are out the window, people are moving to other parts of the country. It's a turd. But what McGuinty has been best at, is selling a turd with a bow on it.

Hudak is not genuine, that's why no one votes for him. McGuinty is genuine, a genuinely bad leader, but genuine nonetheless.

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