By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak targeted Working Families Inc, a union-back group, for hiring an American public relations company to make their television advertisements that have been hammering the party for years.
Hudak, who made a short stop in Dundas at the campaign office of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Tory candidate Donna Skelly on June 9, accused the organization, led by Pat Dillon, of backing the Liberals so they can continue to benefit from a pro-labour arrangement.
“They are taking money out of your pocket because they want to rent the Liberal government to get more wages, benefits and perks that simply we can no longer afford,” Hudak told a crowd of about 50 people. “They are actually using an American ad company as part of their campaign. So these union dues from hard-working Ontarians, they are actually going to the States. So much for them standing up for the little guy.”
In a news release, the Tory party accused the Working Families Inc, of hiring Jackson Group Media based in Virginia. The company highlights on its website page of work, three television advertisements that were created for the group.
In addition, Unifor, which represents about 2,600 reporters in Ontario, including those at Hamilton Community News, has urged its members to not vote for Hudak. Unifor, among other unions, supports the Working Families Inc. strategy.
“We not telling our members who to vote for,” stated Paul Morse, president of Local 87-M. “We’re asking them to vote for someone other than Hudak and his party.”
During Hudak’s half hour visit to Dundas trucks pulling horse trailers kept driving around the block in a show of support for the Tory proposal to re-establish the Slots at Racetrack program that the Liberals ended last year.
Inside, Hudak continued to reiterate his campaign is about creating one million jobs that will benefit people across the province, including those with physical and mental challenges. Speaking to a group of special needs people accompanied by their parents from the Dundas Living Center in the office, Hudak said under a Tory government they will have “the highest quality of life.” Representatives of the center have been angry at incumbent Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin for not assisting the group to create a proper accommodation location for their children with mental challenges.
“I want to say to all of these family members with development disabilities there will be no better place in the province of Ontario to have the highest quality of life anywhere and a good shot at a good job,” said Hudak.
Hudak echoed his previous statements that once he becomes premier, his party will begin eliminating waste within the health care administrations, including scraping the Local Health Integration Networks. With the savings from cutting the bureaucracy, Hudak said he will hire more front-line workers.
“I would trade 2,000 health bureaucrats for 2,000 nurses, personal support workers and doctors any day of the week,” he said.
And to counter the perception his party is against education, and is waiting to eliminate the university tuition savings the Liberals introduced last year, Hudak said he wants to encourage youths to go to school and remain in Ontario rather than fleeing to other provinces for work.
“I want to send the signal that the next generation of youth, these graduates of McMaster, Mohawk, Niagara and Brock to stick around. Hope is on the way, jobs are on the way,” he said.
During Hudak’s visit to Dundas, he was shadowed by three Liberal party members, including one who was dressed as “The Count” a Sesame Street character. He held up a sign that stated “Hudak’s Math Doesn’t Count” a reference to the one million jobs plan, which has been under criticism from various economists. The person didn’t want to give his name when asked by reporters who he was.