Hudak coming to Creemore
Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership hopeful Tim Hudak will be at the Royal Canadian Legion in Creemore for a breakfast engagement on Saturday. Hudak, who has the support of Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, will be at the Legion to outline his plans for Ontario and to listen to local concerns. The breakfast is open to the general public. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The stop is one of many Hudak is making across the province in an attempt to shore up support for his leadership bid. Hudak announced on April 2 that he was going for the party’s top job. "I am running for leader because the people of this province want a premier who is dedicated to working night and day to build a better future than the one being built today by Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals," he said outside the legislature. Hudak said Ontario has suffered for five years under the McGuinty government, noting the province has lost almost 300,000 manufacturing jobs and that the unemployment rate is higher than the national average. He said his vision for Ontario is based on conservative principles, such as hard work and ingenuity, supporting families, lower taxes and respect for the rule of law. Any member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party can vote in the leadership election. Advance polls open Sun., June 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and voting day is Thurs., June 25, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at locations throughout the province. A leadership convention is set for Fri., June 26 and results from voting will be unveiled on Sat., June 27. The convention will take place at the Markham Conference Centre. The Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in June 1995 and during his second term in office he was appointed Minister of Northern Development and Mines and later Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. He also served as Minister of Consumer and Business Services. In August 2005 – under party leader John Tory – Hudak was appointed finance critic, a post he still holds. Hudak is a Fort Erie native who earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1990 from the University of Western Ontario. He obtained his Masters of Arts in economics three years later from the University of Washington. Hudak is married to Debbie Hutton and the couple has a daughter, Miller.