Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak announced Friday morning he's abandoning one of his most controversial plans ahead of an expected spring election.
At a speech to the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Hudak says if elected, he would not move ahead with right-to-work legislation. Hudak's plan would have allowed employees to opt out of paying union dues.
Hudak's support for the plan has been criticized by some for months.
The PC leader told the crowd that while some people are in favour, most are not.
“If we are elected we are not going to do it,” Hudak said.
Both the Liberals and the NDP don't believe the issue is completely off the table, underlining that it's very likely that, if elected, Hudak would start up a right-to-work conversation again.
The head of one of Canada's largest unions also doesn't believe Hudak will stay true to his word about keeping right-to-work legislation off the table.
Unifor President Jerry Dias says the Progressive Conservative leader is dishonest.
Dias reveals Friday morning's announcement doesn't surprise him.
He believes the only reason why Hudak is not making this a priority is because the issue divided his party and he needed support. It also pushed away a major part of Hudak's base - businesses.
He says union members are nervous because they believe this announcement is an election ploy.
Dias calls Hudak a right-wing extremist who is turning people off with his policies.