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
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
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
"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.