The Crux-of-the-Matter blog has an excellent post today titled, ON PC Leader Tim Hudak has to inspire—and soon! I like Sandy’s idea of not avoiding the Mike Harris record. The Common Sense Revolution was sound policy and good politics. We had too little of that in the last election.
Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak has allowed Premier Dalton McGuinty and his Grits to define and demonize him and the past record of the PC party.
Sandy Crux highlights some of the Harris record:
- “The Ontario PCs ruled the Province of Ontario uninterrupted from 1943 to 1985—a total of 42 years.
- “The Mike Harris Government did what had to be done. He reduced income taxes to 34% of the federal portion because they were at 58% under the NDP Rae Government (and are back to that level again).
- “Between 1995 and 1999, some 700,000 jobs were created and approximately 100,000 people got off of welfare.”
It’s time to stop ducking our past. Starting this weekend at the party’s AGM at Niagara Falls, Mr. Hudak needs to get out front and preach a positive message of change while attacking the rotten record of McGuinty.
It’s informative, is it not, that we PCs lead in the polls between elections and blow the lead during the campaigns? Has Mr. Hudak learnt anything from this?
The last campaign was the worst I’ve seen by Ontario PCs, but then I’ve only been following Ontario elections since 1955. Perhaps there was a worse one before that.