Tim Hudak

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Why Chronic Health Care Is the Challenge of Our Century

(9) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 11:02 AM

Health care in Ontario today has tremendous strengths, none greater than the dedicated and highly trained nurses, doctors, pharmacists, home care workers and other professionals who devote their lives to delivering care. But at the same time, we face important challenges.

For the past decade, the Liberal government has tried...

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How I'd Fix the Civil Service

(24) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Last week my PC Caucus colleagues and I sparked a lot of public debate with the release of A New Deal for the Public Sector. It's the latest in our series of Paths to Prosperity papers on boosting Ontario's competitiveness for job creation. And its focus is on...

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Ontario Budget: Why Prize Casinos Over MRI Scans?

(64) Comments | Posted December 9, 2012 | 11:00 PM

I have a vision of a great Ontario. It's a leader in better quality health care treatment for patients, higher test scores for students and shorter commutes for drivers and transit riders alike.

But today, all these things are at risk. Ontario is in a deep fiscal hole. Without urgent...

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The Road to Improving Toronto's Gridlock

(16) Comments | Posted November 11, 2012 | 11:00 PM

Ontario can lead Canada in job creation again, but it's not going to happen without a plan. One of the real, achievable things we can do to get us there is to break traffic gridlock in the economic heart of Ontario: the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

In our...

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How Cutting Taxes Actually Helps the Economy

(18) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 12:06 PM

Ontario will lead Canada in job creation again. We should accept nothing less.

In fact we can't accept anything less. We need a thriving and dynamic private-sector economy if we want to invest in core public services like top quality health care, first-class education and new transit infrastructure to break...

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Part 4: How I Would Bring Healthcare Back to Life

(17) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 12:10 PM

This is the fourth part in a three-part series on health care reform.

Ontario is moving far too slowly in adopting a patient-centred approach to funding health care -- a model that most developed countries have been using for years.

There are two principles behind patient-centred funding.

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How I Would Bring Healthcare Back to Life

(16) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 8:50 AM

Imagine a bicycle wheel that's got all its spokes -- but a loose hub. Wouldn't get you very far, would it? Well, that's a rough analogy for the way Ontario's health care system is currently organized at the regional level. The spokes all fan out across cities and towns, but...

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Imagine Healthcare That Puts Patients First

(7) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Imagine a bicycle wheel that's got all its spokes, but a loose hub. Wouldn't get you very far, would it? Well, that's a rough analogy for the way Ontario's health care system is currently organized at the regional level. The spokes all fan out across cities and towns, but there's...

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To Fix Healthcare, What About a Hospital Hub?

(5) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 3:52 PM

The job of streamlining Ontario's costly and cumbersome health care system starts with a question: "How do people actually use health care in Ontario in the 21st century?"

Consider an older person with a chronic illness. She might need support in her home from a nurse --...

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Message to McGuinty: Stop the Spending

(62) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 1:53 PM

Ontario is a place of boundless potential -- and we can harness that potential again. But right now we're in a deep hole, and if we're going to climb out we need some straight talk about how we got into it in the first place.

The cause...

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Part 4: Cracking Ontario's Workplace Insurance Monopoly

(39) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 10:14 AM

"You can pay me now, or pay me later" was the well-known motto of a particular brand of oil filter. This line worked well because it crystallized the choice facing every car owner: If I don't fix it now, will I pay a fortune to fix it down the road?

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Part 3: How Closed Tendering Does Nothing to Help Everyday Workers

(24) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 7:47 AM

Do you remember the $640 toilet seat? Or the $7,600 coffee maker? At one time, these were near-legendary examples of waste uncovered in U.S. military contracting.

We might laugh at these stories, but when rip-offs like these get close to home, they cease to be funny. Take...

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Part 2: Give Workers the Chance to Say "No" to Old-Time Union Bosses

(65) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Imagine if the Canadian boxers or kayakers competing in the 2012 Olympics had to do it with one arm tied behind their backs. It wouldn't be long before outraged Ontarians demanded a rule change, to put everyone back on a level playing field.

So why should Ontarians have to...

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Part 1: It's Time Ontario Helps Individuals, Not Unions

(143) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM

You may have heard the tough economic news that Statistics Canada recently dropped on Ontario. Our province lost over 31,000 full-time jobs in the previous month, making May the 65th consecutive month that Ontario has lagged Canada in job creation. Or maybe you didn't: Bad economic news here...

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"Maple Revolutionaries" Should Invest in Ontario Hydro

(15) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 8:48 AM

"They own assets all over the world, including property in Manhattan, utilities in Chile, international airports and the high-speed railway connecting London to the Channel tunnel. They have taken part in six of the top 100 leveraged buy-outs in history. They have won the attention both of Wall Street firms,...
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Ontario's Ring of Fire Will Fuel Our Economy

(59) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 7:39 AM

Ontario once enjoyed bountiful supplies of affordable energy -- and used it over more than a century to build our province into an industrial powerhouse and resource development dynamo.

But times have changed.

You may have seen a news article a week ago, for example, about how high electricity...

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Light Bulb! How to Fix Ontario's Power Problems

(11) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 8:12 AM

Ontario has lots of advantages. We have a skilled workforce and hungry entrepreneurs. People who think, invent, forge, grow, build and mine resources, products, services and ideas in demand around the world. And a prime trading location in the heart of North America.

Ontarians know this. We've got a lot...

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Why I Didn't Weigh In on the Budget

(24) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 4:49 PM

On April 23, Ontarians were handed a patchwork budget deal between the Liberals and NDP, which actually increases government spending in the face of a looming $30 billion deficit. This is called "digging a deeper hole."

But being an optimist, I prefer to look at the budget deal as...

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