WATCH: Hudak blames unions for Niagara loss

The PC leader speaks out the day after by-elections

While Valentine's Day could be seen as heartbreak for the Liberals after they failed to win in either of yesterday's by-elections, opposition leaders aren't necessarily celebrating their wins with a day at the spa or chocolate bon bons.

PC leader Tim Hudak for instance, is focusing on what could have been, blaming union influence for his party's loss to the NDP in Niagara Falls.

He says labour groups were getting out the vote for the other guys, underlining they have too pull within not only the NDP but also the Liberal government ranks.

And despite all this talk of labour group influence on voter turnout, Hudak brushes aside suggestions that he'll be targeting the NDP in a provincial vote saying they have little influence in major urban centres.

The PC leader suggests things could have gone his party's way if elections were run differently, given the Tories received the most amount of total votes in recent by-elections.

The Tories won Thursday's by-election in Thornhill.

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  1. Frankie posted on 02/14/2014 02:31 PM
    Hudak needs to look in the mirror to find the person to blame for the loss in Niagara. The unions had every right, however odious we may find them, to throw their support at the NDP candidate.

    He's already lost 2-3 elections that were his to win. Too bad there won't be time for a leadership review before the next election as I fear he'll lose that as well.
    1. dama posted on 02/14/2014 03:01 PM
      @Frankie agreed... Hudak is playing the blame game and I honestly dont like his right to work policy, many are not too sure of this policy and Hudak is not coming across on this very well..

      and I agree with STUG too of the Jewish votes and not Hudak's policy.. as in Doug Holyday which the Ford brothers campaigned for and not Hudak;s leadership..

      I see trouble for Tim Hudak in this coming election,,,
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 02/14/2014 03:20 PM
      @Frankie He may have a picture of Horwath and Wynne on a poster in the background. So if he's to look in the mayor, he probably would be pointing at them... ;p
    3. Tibor posted on 02/14/2014 09:19 PM
      @Frankie Having a few friends in powerful unions , the problem is that they are sheep, most have no idea what's going on. There union simply says vote here cause this guy wants to dismantle the brotherhood . This to me is very frustrating as I'm self employed and we can not talk politics due to there lack of goings on. If you ask most union guys were there dues go, they will not be able to answer you.
  2. Stug posted on 02/14/2014 02:36 PM
    if Hudak blames unions for the loss in Niagara then he should also credit the large Jewish vote in Thornhill for the win. It's not his policies, it's they like the Harper conservative brand there when it comes to Israel
  3. john posted on 02/14/2014 03:22 PM
    hudak is dead on what hs is saying . the only time unions would have aney power is the number of people on the union . heaven forbid hudak put in the right to work that would be the unions worse nightmare . people should not be forced into a union cause there profession happens to have a overpaid under worked whiner union not everybody in unions want to pay there union %100 of there pay u know . if unions are bitching about this and looking for someone to feel sorry for them dont look in my direction . as far as i am concerned thay should be outlawed listed as a terrorist organization and leaders put in jail .
    1. Mike posted on 02/14/2014 03:59 PM
      @john as far as most Canadians and people in the Western civilized world are concerned that fight has been fought and won long ago. Now we have what's called a charter of rights and freedoms and a persons constitutional right to collective bargaining whether you like it or not.
    2. Dean posted on 02/14/2014 04:18 PM
      @Mike How does a person get so much wrong with so few words?

      Your first mistake: despite what the Working Families Coalition would tell you, there is nothing about unions or collective bargaining anywhere in our Constitution.

      Second mistake: Unions, especially those in the public sector, do not "bargain" or "negotiate." They use their monopolies on the services their workers provide to blackmail their employers (or taxpayers, in the case of the public sector) into giving in to their demands. This is also known as extortion, aka "That's a real nice company you have there. It'd be a shame if someone ruined it."

      You did get one thing right, about unions fighting the good fight long ago. But that leads us into Mistake Number Three: Everything that the unions of the 20's and 30's fought for is now firmly entrenched in employment law. All the unions fight for now is a bigger and bigger payday for their bosses, without any thought for the economic consequences. Think of it like a cast on an arm; the arm was broken long ago, and the cast helped fix it, but now the cast is just getting in the way.
    3. AC posted on 02/14/2014 05:17 PM
      @Dean just another union hater who doesn't care about the middle class or peopes rights to collective bargaining. ho hum!!

      have a nice wknd.
    4. Dean posted on 02/14/2014 05:41 PM
      @AC You might be in a better position to sit down and read things carefully if you pulled that stick out of your ass, AC. There is NO right to collective bargaining, and even if there were, the only tactic unions use or have ever used is flat-out extortion.

      Don't talk about unions and the middle class as if they're synonymous. Unions only think about the middle class as a big group of walking piggy banks. As long as the middle class still exists, as long as there is still one person working an honest non-union job and bringing home enough after taxes to pay for both rent and groceries, union mouthpieces like you will be boo-hooing about the "plight of the workers."

      All you are is a cancer on honest, hard-working people.
    5. noel_one posted on 02/14/2014 06:19 PM
      @john Funny thing about the 'right to work' legislation in the US. The 5 states with the hugest level of working class poor, that is, people who are working full time and still below the poverty line are _all_ "Right to Work" states. The only ones who benefit from 'right to work' are corporations.
    6. john posted on 02/15/2014 02:40 PM
      @Mike collective bargaining when i read the charter of rights i dont think that was in it . got to rember thay write that charter back before unions were not even tough of .
    7. dama posted on 02/19/2014 02:41 PM
      @Dean Kathryn Wynne and Andrea Howarth might "kowtow" to the union's extortion but notr Doug Holyday under Rob Ford, bot of them declared TTC as an essential service , so that is a win as well as privatised garbage collection..

      Tim Hudak took the wrong time to put forth his "Right to Work" plaform, he will lose in the next election over this as with John Tory who was in front in the poll until his "funding for all schools" platform.. JT lost due to this else he would have been the Premier.. so goes with Tim Hudak...
  4. noel_one posted on 02/14/2014 06:15 PM
    Maybe the problem, Mr Hudak, is in the last election, you had a couple of outright racists and bigots running under your banner. Maybe the problem is your professed policies will be damaging to the middle class over the short and long, term?
    Maybe, just maybe, thanks to Stephen Harper and the Harperites (Conservative Party of Canada) People would rather trust anyone else but another CONservative to have power? Either way it's unlikely that people will trust your "smiling" face anytime soon.
  5. REALITY BITES posted on 02/15/2014 05:36 AM
    Once again, "Right-to-Starve" Hudak snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
  6. Mike from the hinterland posted on 02/15/2014 06:41 AM
    Timmy, Timmy please resign and run for the libertarian party where you belong. Running hard right of Mike Harris is not the place to be. Most people would vote for a centre right party. Mr. Hudak, if you cannot win after all of Premier Mom's and Premier Dad's boondoggles, you should resign! Timmy here is your list:

    E – Health
    Baird Report
    Wind Power
    G20 summit
    5 cents a bag
    Lawn fertilizer
    Health Care
    Septic Inspection program
    Eco fees
    Cell phone ban
    Stakeholders crap
    Power Plant
    Tim Horton’s - a cup of coffee a day to pay another boondoogle.
    OPG - billion dollar wasted
    Ontario Northland - billion dollar wasted

    My God Timmy they are corrupt, mismanage money and screw things up to the tune of 4-5 billion dollars and lost hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process! Timmy talk about issues not taking away people's rights. You cannot be that stupid! If you are that stupid, someone please kick this guy in the nuts so that he does not propagate the world with stupidity through his pro-creation activities. Yesterday, the great enabler Andrea Horvath talked about how the people of Ontario are tired of a corrupt government that mismanages their money. I might vote for her if you don't smarten up!

    I agree with Kevin O'Leary that these multi-nationals and their corporate welfare are driving away business. It is not only the poor schlepp on the shop floor who are draining companies. While there are some unions like the CAW and the steel workers union who have closed up shop her in Ontario by their outrageous demands. Company executives are draining companies dry with their multi million dollar salaries and bonuses when they are not even profitable. One only has to look at Stelco, GM and Ford and there unions and executives. Stelco is closed Ford and GM are a shadow of the footprint they once were. On the other hand non union organizations such as Dofasco, Toyota and Honda all non union are profitable and surviving. You should talk about attracting sustainable businesses and companies and support them.
    1. Joe posted on 02/15/2014 07:02 AM
      @Mike from the hinterland Well said Mike! If he cannot win with the corruption and mismanagement of Dalton and Kathleen, he should resign. This is not a republican primary like in the USA.
  7. Linda MacKenzie-Nicholas posted on 02/15/2014 12:38 PM
    Hudak wants us to forget that union members are work people and taxpayers...Hudak should be ashamed to say that working people should not be encouraged to get involved in election campaigns. Someone should find out
    what sectors of people were helping out with the get out the vote in the Conservative election campaign.
  8. john posted on 02/15/2014 02:47 PM
    this Working Families Coalition is just builshit . it is used to scare hard working people into voting liberal . maybe some people but not me . i laugh at fear .
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