The PC Ontario leadership race, in my humble opinion, is now down to two candidates with a real chance of winning: MPPs Christine Elliott and Tim Hudak. Ms. Elliott seems to be running the best campaign and has tabled the more “meaty” policies. Mr. Hudak, on the other hand, seems to have more party insider support, but his policies don’t resonate as well with me.
In a recent letter to my house, Mr. Hudak offers:
- income splitting for families with small children [I don’t have small children]
- newborn savings accounts [too old to qualify for that]
- helping kids learn with Phonics in public education [kids are grown]
- helping homebuyers with freeze on land transfer tax [why have the damn tax in the first place?]
- one-year payroll tax holiday on new hires [I’m retired].
Nothing at all, zip, zero, nada for members of our aging population. Nothing for the thousands of retired citizens who have seen their life savings savaged by the economic storm in which they find themselves.
Come on, Mr. Hudak, have a heart. Do you really expect seniors to fork over their tax money to help pay for a $1,000 per child give-away to able bodied young couples? Why this shameless example of mindless socialism? Why are your policies so skewed towards the young adults of our province—those already in the better position to look after themselves. Don’t seniors count for anything?
Also, more than any of the other candidates, Tim Hudak has come out strongly against the policy of harmonizing the PST and GST, naming it, DST (Dalton Sales Tax). This policy is outlined on his Web site, while virtually every economist thinks harmonization is a good idea. I see his stance as unhelpful partisan politics. We aught to be supporting good tax policy regardless of the party implementing it.
In contrast, Ms. Elliott seems to be more strategic and broad-based in her focus. And her campaign is making a positive impression at my house. We like her proposals for a flat-rate tax, cracking down on crime, “fixing” EI as it affects Ontarians and freezing of the province’s minimum wage rates. These, along with her policy initiatives regarding Northern Ontario are solid, meaty solutions to real broad-based issues facing our province.
There is, though, two issues I’m sort of hung up on with Ms. Elliott:
Firstly, her being married to a senior federal cabinet minister makes me somewhat uncomfortable; and secondly, her reputation as a “Red” Tory. Neither of these are deal-breakers, but do cause me concern.
At this time, I’m leaning towards Christine Elliott as first choice and Tim Hudak as my second choice. Of the other two candidates, I favour Randy Hillier over Frank Klees.Ω