Tories defend timing of OPPA criticism

Both Hudak, Wynne call Moncton police shootings a 'tragedy'

The provincial Tories are coming under fire for criticizing the union representing OPP officers the day after a deadly police shooting in Moncton.

They say the OPPA met with the Liberals before running attack ads against the the Progressive Conservatives.

But after calling what happened in New Brunswick a tragedy, Tory leader Tim Hudak says the situation with the OPP concerns him. He says he wants to know what the Liberals promised them, alleging the meeting led to the attack ads.

However, Premier Kathleen Wynne says she has no influence over who the OPPA or any other organization chooses to endorse.

Wynne says it's common for all parties to meet with special interest groups to hear concerns from different members of the community.

She also called what happened in Moncton, a tragedy.

The ads show police in uniform, warning that Hudak will rip up union contracts, causing labour unrest.

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  1. don was right posted on 06/05/2014 12:14 PM
    so will they say that the election, like the Crimean referendum, was invalid because of police intimidation of voters who want to vote PC? Will the OPP start stopping people with Hudak bumper stickers? See teh editorial cartoon in tuesday's Globe adn Mail. Will they knock on teh doors of people with Hudak signs on their lawns and demand to search for duns and drugs. Scary stuff.
    1. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 06/05/2014 12:54 PM
      @don was right Not sure if "don was right" should be renamed "don the sarcastic bast--d" or "don the looney". If the latter, Don ought to know that police associations have made endorsement before, mainly of Conservative Parties and/or candidates and if he is only complaining now, he should be known as "don the hypocrite".
    2. Bill the Angry posted on 06/05/2014 01:20 PM
      @MarkFromEtobicoke Police shouldn't be endorsing anything, or anyone. They're public frigging servants. That's it. No more, no less. When I was in the military, we weren't allowed to even speak to the press, much less endorse anything. It appears cops get a lot more latitude in that regard.

      Oh, and the fact that the OPP are untouchable because some RCMP got shot in New Brunswick is BS. The OPP has nothing to do with New Brunswick, or the RCMP. If the OPP want to put out a biased ad, then they can darn well suck up the repercussions.
    3. mike posted on 06/05/2014 02:26 PM
      @MarkFromEtobicoke the press should stay out of it also in my opinion. you're right it's been mostly endorsements to conservative parties in the past but what the heck if conservatives don't bitch about something partisan daily it's just not a good day
    4. dama posted on 06/05/2014 02:36 PM
      @mike All unions are against Tim Hudak and the PC,, for the Liberal are in bed with them darn the deficit oay my members 8 5 , 9 5 and we will support the Liberal darn to the people of Ontario.. the union dont care for the rest of Ontarian

      So if you think that taxes are high,, deficit is ballooning and the Province need to balance the budget,, PC is the way to go...

      Tim is not going to fire 100, 000 jobs, all the ad in the news is just scaring you.. it is 4 years and through retirement and attrition ...

      If you are sane enough,, the Liberal is not the party you want governing you.. havent you learn anything about the Liberal in 11 years..
  2. lea posted on 06/05/2014 02:46 PM
    OPP brass have put the kibosh on OPPA campaign by any officers. Hudak is right. Also, the public is offended by any and all gov. worker activities at work. Police, teachers, etc. They should be discliplines as no private sector worker would put up with this.
    1. Sonny posted on 06/05/2014 03:23 PM
      @lea In the past; Police Unions have supported Conservative candidates and parties. Corporations have lobbyists representing their interests.
  3. Jack posted on 06/05/2014 02:47 PM
    In the leader's debate, Tim Hudak and Kathleen Wynne both stated that government spending is out of control and needs to be reduced.

    Tim Hudak laid out his plan to fix the problem by bringing the number of government employees back down to where they were in 2009, the majority of which will be removed through not replacing people when they retire.

    Kathleen Wynne could not name one program or even one single job which she would be willing to cut if re-elected. Apparently, she believes that deficits just go away if you ignore them long enough.

    So who has the more realistic plan for Ontario?
    1. █Alexv posted on 06/05/2014 03:38 PM
      @Jack █ Already by using the word "realistic" █ You reveal yourself as being biased towards logic like some kind of fascist █ Everyone knows that the Liberal plan is the best plan █ Destroy the economy, and everyone can live on welfare forever █ Free money, no consequences █ WAKE UP SHEEPLE █
  4. █Aléx█ posted on 06/05/2014 05:31 PM
    █Wèll it looks likè Tèd and his Walmart goons arè rèady to do in somè inocènt workèrs█Thèrè is no doubt that this guy is thè worst choicè for thè job.█Comè voting day, votè for anyonè than this guy█ Do it for your family█
    1. Jack posted on 06/05/2014 05:48 PM
      @█Aléx█ I need more money to feed, clothe, and house my family than social assistance can provide, which is why I voted PC in the advance polls. I don't want my company to see hydro rates and corporate taxes go up yet again, on top of the job tax Wynne wants to inflict, and decide they can make more money across the border or overseas.

      Even Wynne acknowledged that government spending is out of control, yet she couldn't name a single program or job she would cut in order to curb it. What does that tell you?
  5. █Alèx█ posted on 06/05/2014 06:28 PM
    █It wïll bè ïntèrèstïng to sèè ïn onè wèèk whät dïrèctïon thïs provïncè goès ïn onè wèèk from todäy.█Soon wè wïll bè govèrnèd by thè worst choïcè, Tïm thè Tèa Pärty Hudäk or somè othèr clown.█ But Tïm for surè ïs thè worst choïcè of äll.█
    1. Sonny posted on 06/05/2014 07:09 PM
      @█Alèx█ The projected seat count based on the poll of polls favours Wynne
    2. Jack posted on 06/05/2014 07:23 PM
      @Sonny A continued Liberal government is the real worst-case scenario.

      More billion-dollar scandals, more costly reports that she'll ignore, more public sector bloating, deeper debt. Less incentive for businesses to move to or stay in Ontario, lower employment, higher social assistance rates, and eventual economic collapse because the government realizes too late that you can't collect income tax from people with no income.

      Even the union mouthpieces who support Wynne will suffer under another Liberal government, when they find out she spent their pension money on some other inevitable scandal.
  6. Sammy from Scarborough posted on 06/06/2014 06:39 AM
    Sour grapes from little Timmy Hudak.
    For the first time EVER the OPP Association is NOT endorsing the Cons !.
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