The little North York hotel conference room where Tim Hudak gave a brief address to a handful of reporters on Friday afternoon was only 20 kilometres from Queen’s Park. But Ontario’s Progressive Conservative leader might as well have been in Moose Factory or LaSalle.
He stood at a lectern, a crisp new blue banner and 11 PC candidates providing the backdrop, and he made his pitch for why he should be upgraded from Leader of the Opposition to Premier. Ontario has a debt and jobs crisis, he said. The provincial budget handed down on Thursday, the first for Premier Kathleen Wynne, merely continues the trend established by her Liberal predecessor Dalton McGuinty, he explained. “There’s no time to wait any longer,” he said. Eleven heads behind him nodded along at different intervals. “It’s time for a change,” Mr. Hudak said. Mass nodding now.
It was a stump speech, and this…
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