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Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives do about face on right-to-work policy

KEITH LESLIE The Canadian Press February 21, 2014 Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak did a serious about-face Friday, announcing he would not campaign on making Ontario a so-called right-to-work province, but political opponents and union leaders were skeptical. The issue of making union membership and payment of dues optional caused public rifts with Tory candidates and internal dissent […]

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Tories’ contracting-out plan ‘an attack’ on unions

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s plan to allow contracting out of more public services “is an attack on organized labour,” insists Premier Kathleen Wynne. ROBERT BENZIE Toronto Star February 19 2014 Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s plan to allow contracting out of more public services “is an attack on organized labour,” insists Premier Kathleen Wynne. Against the […]

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Hudak, Holyday push to open up public sector to competitive bidding

ANTONELLA ARTUSO Toronto Sun February 19, 2014 Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives are promoting legislation to open up large segments of the public sector to competitive bidding. While excluding frontline police officers, health practitioners and teachers, PC MPP Doug Holyday’s bill would allow the private sector to compete with government unions to provide numerous services.

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5 things to watch for as Wynne, Hudak and Horwath head back to Queen’s Park on Tuesday

MATTHEW PEARSON Ottawa Citizen February 17, 2014 Premier Kathleen Wynne has survived her first year in office, but whether her minority government can retain its grip on power should become clearer in the weeks ahead as Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath both jockey for position. After a winter break and bonus […]

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Hudak gets no traction

IAN HUNTER, Ottawa Citizen February 17, 2014 Two lessons can be drawn from the recent by-elections in the Ontario ridings of Niagara Falls and Thornhill: first, despite the switch from Premier Dalton McGuinty to Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario voters have not forgiven the provincial Liberals for their profligate and partisan spending ways; second, while the Conservatives held […]

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Divided, Hudak falls

LORRIE GOLDSTEIN Toronto Sun February 16, 2014 For a good part of my professional life as a reporter, columnist and editor I’ve watched Conservatives, both at the provincial and federal levels, tearing the crap out of each other and losing election after election. The old joke about Conservatives is that they’re so confused, they stab each […]

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PC Leader Tim Hudak blames ‘union elites’ after party loses to NDP in ‘David and Goliath’ byelection

KEITH LESLIE Canadian Press February 14, 2014 Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak blames “union elites” for his party’s loss to the New Democrats in Niagara Falls in one of two byelections Thursday. Mr. Hudak says he’s pleased the Tories held onto the Thornhill riding north of Toronto, but says they were in a “David and […]

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Tories launch anti-union attack on NDP in Niagara Falls

The Progressive Conservatives have launched a last minute all-out attack on unions as the clock winds down on Thursday’s byelection in Niagara Falls. RICHARD J. BRENNAN Toronto Star February 11 2014 The Progressive Conservatives have launched an all-out attack on unions as the clock winds down on Thursday’s byelection in Niagara Falls. Tory MPP Monte McNaughton Tuesday […]

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Former Thornhill MPP Shurman bashes PC Party, leader

Byelection campaign gets nasty in final days TIM KELLY Thornhill Liberal February 11, 2014 Former Thornhill Progressive Conservative MPP Peter Shurman, whose resignation in December spurred Thursday’s byelection, came out swinging at his own former party Monday, blasting leader Tim Hudak and the PCs. Appearing on Sun TV today, the former Tory finance critic was critical […]

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