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Tim Hudak is taking a page out of Randy Hillier's book, by declaring he would eliminating Human Rights Tribunals. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090515.wPOLonttory16/BNStory/politics/home
I'll be frank with one of my personal views first before taking a closer look at the implications of this. I do believe that HRT's have, in recent years, been somewhat overreaching in scope. However, I do believe that they can play an important role in ensuring the rights of all Ontarians, and that reform of the Tribunals is needed, not haphazard elimination of them.
More importantly, I believe that this being Hudak's first real policy declaration establishes an important part of his campaign and his persona as a potential leader. Despite the economy being issue number 1, Hudak joins Frank Klees and Randy Hillier in being more focused in playing identity politics and trying to paint rural white males as victims to try and win votes. I may disagree with Christine Elliot's flat tax, but in fair game to her, she is the only candidate who has attempted to make the economy part of her policy vision and platform. Hudak's only economic principle has been the flip-flop on the harmonized sales tax. He, like most provincial Conservatives, supported a harmonized sales tax, encouraged by Jim Flaherty, right up until the day of the last budget. Hudak is childishly calling it the Dalton Sales Tax, without presenting any real economic policies. The PC party under Tim Hudak would be more interested in dividing Ontarians with controversial social policy that a PC insider says:
“I think they're going to look at this and say, ‘you're pulling another John Tory move. You picked a hot-button issue that's going to blow up in our faces just as the school thing did,'”
Tim Hudak and the PC's right now have increasingly little economic credibility, and are rapidly becoming the party of No: No to the Green Energy Act and a clean, renewable future, No to any plans to help Ontario families get out of the recession, No to rejecting divisive politics in a time of troubles. Ontario needs to say NO to divide and conquer politicking, and YES to real economic recovery.