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Hudak’s right-to-work hard-line evaporates during by-election

SCOTT STINSON
National Post
January 21, 2014

Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives first released their “right-to-work” policy in their white paper on labour reform more than 18 months ago, and it has been one of the leader’s favourite talking points ever since.

Just last month, Mr. Hudak gave a speech to the Economic Club of Canada in which worker choice, which translates to eliminating the provision in law that allows unions to collect mandatory dues, was the centerpiece of his labour-reform pitch. The PC leader told the business audience at the Eaton Chelsea that his policies weren’t anti-union. He cited the example of the United Kingdom under Margaret Thatcher, which he said experienced a rise in union membership even after that country allowed workers to opt-out of union dues.

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