Musings —09.30.2011 09:23 AM—
Tobacco Tim: Prove You’re a Man of Your Word and Fire Yourself and Your Friends
Toronto – – If Tim Hudak is a man of his word, then he’s about to “fire” his campaign manager, his deputy campaign boss, at least one of his candidates, and himself.
That’s the only conclusion one can draw from Hudak’s pledge this morning that “if anyone did that on my campaign they’d be fired.”
The public record is clear and indisputable: at every point, on every vote, Hudak has sided with Big Tobacco. And his PCs are the only ones who opposed legislation that keeps tobacco away from children and opposed rules to stamp out tobacco advertising.
- FACT: Tim Hudak voted against the Smoke Free Tobacco act. (Hansard)
- FACT: Mark Spiro is Hudak’s campaign manager and his lobbying firm tried to stop tobacco warning labels. (cbc.ca, December 9, 2010)
- FACT: Hudak’s deputy campaign director, Chad Rogers, still lobbies for big tobacco. (Lobbyist Registry)
- FACT: One of Hudak’s star candidates and spokesman, Vic Gupta, has been a registered lobbyist against anti-smoking laws. (Lobbyist Registry)
So, when Tim Hudak says he’ll “fire” people for joking about cigarettes, will he start with himself and his closest aides who make their living off fighting warning labels and helping big tobacco advertise to Ontario kids?