02.09.2011 07:39 AM

Beer 1, health 0

Last week, Hudak’s office stated clearly that “if elected premier, he would not cut the health tax or Ontario’s health care budget.” Tory MPP Sylvia Jones followed that up by repeatedly accusing Liberal Health Minister Deb Matthews of “lying” for saying that Hudak intended to cut the $3-billion health premium.

By Monday, Hudak had reversed himself (and Jones). He said cutting the health premium, which costs taxpayers up to $900 per year, is still “on the table.”

“He flipped last week, flopped today,” said Matthews, clearly enjoying the chance to lob Hudak’s favourite “flip-flop” criticism of Premier Dalton McGuinty, back at him.

Amid all this flip-flop and beer talk, though, remains a more serious issue: What is Hudak’s health care plan?


  1. Craig Chamberlain says:

    FREE BEER!!!

    (Far cheaper than prescription drugs.)

  2. I am curious after the failed campaign of the Liberal team from federal, provincial and municipal to stop Rob Ford if repeating the same strategy against Hudak is worth repeating?
    Shouldn’t the Ontario Liberals run on their track record after seven years? They must have many things they can champion and convince voters why they should return them to power.
    Do the Ontario Liberals believe they can win by framing their opponents as reckless by invoking Harris?

  3. jon evan says:

    Having a good time Warren with cartoons and such?
    This is what turns me off of politics. This.
    It’s just inflammatory Warren and not helpful.
    Resorting to calling the member of the Ontario Conservative Party “Timmy” is disrespectful, inflammatory, and something you see on the school yard which in my province we are having a pink shirt day to stamp out!
    Has it come to this?

    • Warren says:

      If you don’t like, don’t come here.

      • Ted H. says:

        Ontario Cons are so stupid they just ask for it anyway.

        • I would suggest that this comment puts you waaay lower on the food chain than any Ontario Conservative.Constructive criticism of policies is welcomed pretty much everywhere.
          Your type of comment only indicates your level of intellegence(very low),your level of tolerance(very low) and your level of self esteem(also very low).
          Comments like yours, leave you open to distain and ridicule……. enjoy your notoriety!!!

          • Ted H. says:

            Thanks for the free psycological profile, however an unbiased analysis of recent Ontario Con policy statements and communication indicates only one thing, a problem, and stupidity is a handy word to describe it. You are supposed to be from Alberta anyway, why the hell are you defending Ontario Cons, what is it to you?

          • Ted H. says:

            Oh, and a few more things, it is difficult to have a constructive policy discussion about a party that basically has no policies, other than a shared typical right wing wrecking crew mentality. We here in Ontario experienced the damage Mike Harris’ government visited upon us. The Liberal government isn’t perfect but it is waaay (to use your pronunciation) better for the average person than the alternative. That alternative happens to be mini-Mike Hudak. You know that old saying ” I’ve been down so long it looks like up to me”. Well you Albertans have been living under a Conservative government for so long you have lost all perspective on what good governance might be.

    • Namesake says:

      Come on, Jon: the diminutive has nothing to do with his sexuality (which is straight & happily married), but with the cultural icon that was his, er, namesake, who kept having to get rescued by the family dog when he walked off a cliff, or fell into the well, or waffled on a tax cut. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timmy_Martin

      • Namesake says:

        Correction: “Although …[he] chose the [well-known] phrase as the title for his 2007 memoirs, ‘Timmy’s in the Well: The Jon Provost Story’ [the actor] points out that Timmy fell into abandoned mine shafts, off cliffs, into rivers, lakes and quicksand, but never fell into a well.”

        Well, that’s a relief.

  4. jon evan says:

    No, coming here has nothing to do with “like”.
    I came to learn, to engage sometime and hopefully become better informed and educated regarding politics and our country.
    I thought we had some commonality like doing what we can to reduce vitriol and not become like Palin who inflames the right with her antics which I detest.
    But, if this blog is just a ghetto for the like minded who just want to inflame each other against a common opponent (like Ted H. has become see below) then you are right Warren I was wrong: nothin here for me. good bye.
    And btw pink shirt day has nothing to do with ‘sexuality’! It’s something Christy Clark has done very right.

    • Namesake says:

      Sigh. I suspected you’d be oblivious to or try to rewrite the history of the Pink Shirt day(s), so had this link ready:


      “Bullies harassed the boy, called him a homosexual for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up, students said. Two Grade 12 students …heard the news and decided to take action. …They went to a nearby discount store and bought 50 pink shirts, including tank tops, to wear to school the next day.”

  5. Tim Lemieux says:

    So what’s the downside to campaigning against the much-hated LCBO and Beer Store monopolies? There’s probably a lot of votes there from people like me that think I should be able to buy wine (on sale) at Loblaws. Not that Hudak has promised any such thing, and I don’t have my hopes up, but I’d love it if they would.
    Does it solve health care funding? No, but so what?

  6. Phil says:

    I don’t know much about Ontario politics but I know this: beer is overpriced in Canada and should be cheaper. Most of the world, including our neighbors to the south, pay less than half of what we do for a 6-pack of beer.

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