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Tim Hudak

Leader, Ontario PC Party

I was first elected as the MPP for Niagara South in 1995. I served as a Cabinet Minister for five years. I was elected the 23rd Leader of the Ontario PC Party in June 2009.

I want to be Premier to stand up for families – to restore Ontario as the economic engine that drives this great country, to ensure Miller has every opportunity to succeed like I’ve had and more, and to deliver the change and relief Ontario desperately needs.
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Why Chronic Health Care Is the Challenge of Our Century

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.
02/21/2013 12:18 EST

How I'd Fix the Civil Service

How can we create a workplace environment that encourages public servants to do the best job possible, while celebrating the very finest among them? Make government jobs opwn to everyone -- not just those already on the public sector payroll. And put an end to compulsory union membership and mandatory dues.
12/20/2012 03:49 EST

Ontario Budget: Why Prize Casinos Over MRI Scans?

Ontario is in a deep fiscal hole. Without urgent action, we're staring at a $30 billion deficit and a $411 billion debt in just a couple of years. So if we really care about a stronger Ontario we've also got to care about our public debt -- and then do something about it. It's time for government to exit the distracting and unnecessary business of being in business: things like designing and selling lottery tickets and putting wine bottles on shelves. Honestly, what's more important: Roulette wheels for shiny new casinos -- or more MRI scans and cancer-beating drugs on the formulary?
12/09/2012 11:55 EST

The Road to Improving Toronto's Gridlock

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). My party put this forward as one of our key proposals to kick start our economy.
11/11/2012 11:40 EST

How Cutting Taxes Actually Helps the Economy

Two aspirations for Ontario -- to be the engine of Canadian jobs again and to have world-leading public services -- are interdependent, not separate, goals. We can't have one without the other. And Ontarians deserve both. Instead of grants and handouts to the politically connected, I believe tax cuts create jobs. Tax relief creates jobs, grows the economy, and stimulates new business investments.
10/25/2012 12:19 EDT

Part 4: How I Would Bring Healthcare Back to Life

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. Patient-centred funding doesn't mean less money for hospitals and hubs -- it simply means they'll get the right amount of money.
09/21/2012 12:10 EDT

How I Would Bring Healthcare Back to Life

With a $15 billion deficit, Ontario can't afford to keep throwing money at health care. We need to be smarter about how we spend what we have, and to always put patients' needs first. That's the context in which we offer our ideas for restructuring health care. But here's the most important thing: The next time a loved one needs some combination of hospital care, home care and the attention of their physician, and you want to help guide them along from one stage to another, you'll both know just where to go, and when. No more run-around.
09/20/2012 07:53 EDT

Imagine Healthcare That Puts Patients First

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. No direct linkage holding the parts of the system together, from home care to primary care to hospital care.
09/17/2012 12:16 EDT

To Fix Healthcare, What About a Hospital Hub?

Our latest white paper on healthcare proposes to give patients a single pathway through the system -- not a run-around through multiple layers of bureaucracy. And its goal is to deliver on the Triple Aim approach, as defined by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement: to enhance patient quality and satisfaction, improve the health of the population and reduce the per capita cost of health care.
09/14/2012 05:31 EDT

Message to McGuinty: Stop the Spending

Ontario is in a deep hole, the cause of which is nine years of reckless overspending. The effect is that we've run out of money, which puts everything we value at risk. Compounding the problem is a government that's adrift and out of gas. In the year since the last election, Dalton McGuinty has utterly failed to grasp the seriousness of our situation: not a nickel shaved off his $16 billion deficit, and no action to reduce the cost of our bloated public sector.
09/06/2012 05:15 EDT

Part 4: Cracking Ontario's Workplace Insurance Monopoly

When it comes to Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), it's time to "fix it now." Because there's a much bigger bill in our future.WSIB premiums are necessary, but they are also a tax on jobs. The objective should be to keep premiums reasonable while still meeting workers' needs. The WSIB has failed to achieve this goal. But successive governments at Queen's Park have gone the "fix it later" route. And the problem is now out of control.
07/06/2012 12:00 EDT

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

Whether it is at the Pentagon, or the Toronto District School Board, the root of the problem is the same -- sweetheart deals made possible thanks to what's called closed tendering, allowing the well-connected to charge ridiculous rates for routine items or work. This is yet another example of outdated government policy that hurts our economy and reduces opportunities for individual workers and businesses.
07/04/2012 07:48 EDT

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

Sometimes big challenges require big ideas. And big ideas mean big change. Ontario has bounced back before by thinking -- and acting -- with bold strokes. Ontario can again lead Canada in competitiveness and job creation by getting our economic fundamentals right. But a key step will be to open up economic opportunities for individual workers -- not old-time union bosses.
07/03/2012 08:00 EDT

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

Ontario can lead Canada again in competitiveness and job creation, but only by getting our economic fundamentals right. A big one is the need to open up economic opportunities for individual workers -- not union bosses. That's what "Paths to Prosperity: Flexible Labour Markets" is all about.
07/02/2012 01:05 EDT

"Maple Revolutionaries" Should Invest in Ontario Hydro

Right now, there are more than 11,000 people at Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One making more than $100,000 per year -- more than double the number in 2003. A dose of scrutiny from outside investors on labour costs like these will go a long way to improving how these enterprises are run.
05/24/2012 08:48 EDT

Ontario's Ring of Fire Will Fuel Our Economy

The Ring of Fire should be a cause for optimism with the ongoing jobs crisis in Ontario. The economic impact of this discovery on the Ontario economy will probably run into the hundreds of billions of dollars over time. Let's take advantage of it.
05/22/2012 07:40 EDT

Light Bulb! How to Fix Ontario's Power Problems

Ontario has lots of advantages. We have a skilled workforce and hungry entrepreneurs. But to get our economy moving again, we need energy policies that will keep prices under control for entrepreneurs, industry, and households alike, while ensuring that the system is reliable and sustainable.
05/17/2012 08:12 EDT

Why I Didn't Weigh In on the Budget

On April 23, Ontarians were handed a patch-work 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." I wasn't about to contribute another shovel.
04/26/2012 07:06 EDT