Tim Hudak interview at the Manning Centre Conference

I asked Hudak about principle vs pragmatism in opposition compared to government, about how he would balance the deficit, the difference between Harper/McGuinty deficits and about the renegotiation of health transfers that is rapidly becoming visible on the horizon. I spoke to the Ontario PC leader after his remarks at the Manning Centre networking conference in Ottawa this weekend.

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  • east of eden

    What I'd like to know is if he will reduce our sales tax so that we won't be paying through the nose, will he make Ontario Hydro reset its TOU rates so that our bills are not doubling and will he direct our health tax to health care, itself? Let's face it, not only did McGuinty reduce our province to a have-not but he also is heck-bent on bankrupting us taxpayers.

  • joannetb

    Excellent interview, Stephen. I liked the part when Tim said that public sector spending has to reflect the ability of the private sector to pay, or something along that line.

    In other words, living within our means. What a novel idea.

  • jon

    The Toronto centered MSM is hypocrital on the issue of deficits. Dividing the federal deficit by Canada’s population works out to approx. $1,600 while dividing Ontario’s deficit by the province’s population it works out to nearly $2,000. In spite of this, there are daily references to the federal deficit in MSM, by the likes of Mansbridge, Tom Clark, Evan Solomon, Jim Travers, etc… the list goes on! All of these people are residents and taxpayers of Ontario yet all, and the provincial provincial bureaus of CTV and CBC don’t play up the Ontario’s deficit the same way. It’s not every day you hear about it news stories, yet it’s every day that the federal deficit is mentioned. So, is it really about the federal deficit and how much it will cost to get out of it? Or is it really about doing there bit to bring down a gov’t they simply don’t like? You don’t need to be an economics professor to know that Ontario’s deficit will hit the pocketbooks of the staff at CBC and CTV a lot harder that the federal deficit will. Yet they aren’t as worked up about that. Hypocrites!

  • jon

    The Toronto centered MSM is hypocrital on the issue of deficits. Dividing the federal deficit by Canada’s population works out to approx. $1,600 while dividing Ontario’s deficit by the province’s population it works out to nearly $2,000. In spite of this, there are daily references to the federal deficit in MSM, by the likes of Mansbridge, Tom Clark, Evan Solomon, Jim Travers, etc… the list goes on! All of these people are residents and taxpayers of Ontario yet all, and the provincial provincial bureaus of CTV and CBC don’t play up the Ontario’s deficit the same way. It’s not every day you hear about it news stories, yet it’s every day that the federal deficit is mentioned. So, is it really about the federal deficit and how much it will cost to get out of it? Or is it really about doing there bit to bring down a gov’t they simply don’t like? You don’t need to be an economics professor to know that Ontario’s deficit will hit the pocketbooks of the staff at CBC and CTV a lot harder that the federal deficit will. Yet they aren’t as worked up about that. Hypocrites!

  • jon

    The Toronto centered MSM is hypocrital on the issue of deficits. Dividing the federal deficit by Canada’s population works out to approx. $1,600 while dividing Ontario’s deficit by the province’s population it works out to nearly $2,000. In spite of this, there are daily references to the federal deficit in MSM, by the likes of Mansbridge, Tom Clark, Evan Solomon, Jim Travers, etc… the list goes on! All of these people are residents and taxpayers of Ontario yet all, and the provincial provincial bureaus of CTV and CBC don’t play up the Ontario’s deficit the same way. It’s not every day you hear about it news stories, yet it’s every day that the federal deficit is mentioned. So, is it really about the federal deficit and how much it will cost to get out of it? Or is it really about doing there bit to bring down a gov’t they simply don’t like? You don’t need to be an economics professor to know that Ontario’s deficit will hit the pocketbooks of the staff at CBC and CTV a lot harder that the federal deficit will. Yet they aren’t as worked up about that. Hypocrites!

  • kenn2

    When you're doing national media, you kind of have to figure that viewers in the other 9 provinces and 3 territories don't give a rat's arse about Ontario's deficit. If you did then you would truly be Toronto/Ontario-centric. Duh…

    Ontario became a have-not province in the last economic downturn in part because Ontario is no longer as resource-rich as before, but also because the Harris/Eves years brought little in genuine economic growth while whittling down the public sector, offloading provincial responsibilities to Toronto, and leaving IOUs in the cashbox.

    Ontario WILL become a have province again shortly (and the deficit will disappear, like the federal one), as world finances pick up, and in part due to McGuinty initiatives like the partnership with Samsung for production of wind generators in Ontario, which has ALREADY led to significant new 3rd-party investment and activity in the alternative energy field in Ontario. That's leadership.

    Nice to see Harper has finally picked up on this in the last budget, so that the rest of Canada can get in on the alternative-energy growth sector as well.

  • kenn2

    See above.

  • kenn2

    When you're doing national media, you kind of have to figure that viewers in the other 9 provinces and 3 territories don't give a rat's arse about Ontario's deficit. If you did then you would truly be Toronto/Ontario-centric. Duh…

    Ontario became a have-not province in the last economic downturn because Ontario has a larger financial sector, but also because the Harris/Eves years brought little in new investment and genuine economic growth while whittling down the public sector, offloading provincial responsibilities to Toronto, and leaving IOUs in the cashbox. Has the public forgotten about Walkerton already?

    Ontario WILL become a have province again shortly (and the deficit will disappear, like the federal one), as world finances pick up, and in part due to McGuinty initiatives like the partnership with Samsung for production of wind generators in Ontario, which has ALREADY led to significant new 3rd-party investment and activity in the alternative energy field in Ontario. That's leadership.

    Nice to see Harper has finally picked up on this in the last budget, so that the rest of Canada can get in on the alternative-energy growth sector as well.

  • kenn2

    See above.