WATCH: Tim Hudak tries to strike more upbeat, hopeful tone

PC leader debuts new ad on Newstalk 1010's The Province

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak is trying to strike a new, more positive tone in the push for votes in June's provincial election.

Hudak debuted a new ad on Newstalk 1010's The Province Sunday.

The 35-second video opens with piano music and a view of the Toronto skyline at daybreak. Next come shots of Niagara Falls and of a construction site as Hudak talks about the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs across the province.

"In my heart, I know that we can do better than this", he says from behind a podium.

While hosting the hour-long radio show, Hudak said he is "tremendously excited" about the opportunity the provincial election campaign presents to take his million jobs plan on the road.

"We can actually put that plan in front of the people of Ontario to say there is a better way. There is a brighter future, that Ontario's comeback is about to begin."

Hudak was asked after the show if his new spirit of optimism is an attempt to squash his opponents' portrayal of him as a kind of cuts-boogeyman or the second coming of former Premier Mike Harris.

"They've opened up the campaign kind of frantically pointing the fingers at everybody else.  I'm pointing my finger at my plan and how we're going to get Ontario back to work."

Hudak did spend some time on the air on the offensive, attacking the Liberals' newly-introduced spending plan as one that features "more spending, deeper debt, higher taxes, higher hydro rates."

He criticized NDP leader Andrea Horwath for her stance on the budget, though she said she would be voting against it.

"She likes the budget, the just didn't like the (government) corruption".  But Hudak stresses the scandal around gas plant cancellations and deletion of documents tied to them is nothing new.  "I guess she just got the clue two and a half days ago."

Hudak brushed off questions about whether of the federal Conservatives would be campaigning alongside him.  

Premier Kathleen Wynne has been hitting hard at the Harper government over pension reform.  An Ontario pension reform is part of the Liberal platform.  Federal finance minister Joe Oliver said this weekend the party's campaign budget, would put the province on the "route to economic decline.

Election Day in Ontario is June 12.

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  1. Fact Provider posted on 05/05/2014 05:55 AM
    Try all you like "to strike a new, more positive tone in the push for votes ....", Mr. Hudak.

    You're still the second weakest leader in the history of the provincial Tea Party north and your entire platform is still your gazillion jobs pipe dream.

    By the way ... you're still looking at being the opposition in a minority legislature.
    Don't get used to it - your Con friends will dump you when that happens again.
    1. Mark7 posted on 05/05/2014 06:21 AM
      @Fact Provider If you think come election day people who are leaning towards the criminal non caring Fiberals are going to vote for them, then you are sorely mistaken. The criminal Fiberals are going down and deserve to NEVER be in power again!
    2. Alex posted on 05/05/2014 06:27 AM
      @Mark7 Like it or not the polls are already predicting a Liberal minority government again.
    3. Mark7 posted on 05/05/2014 07:41 AM
      @Alex At the moment, yes. I am hoping for a change of heart by the non thinking to vote for any party, other than the Fiberals.
    4. arthur posted on 05/05/2014 03:47 PM
      @Fact Provider a week after the upcoming election. Hudak resigns before the party turfs him. conservatives will never learn. you tilt too far right in Ontario you lose
    5. Angry Bill posted on 05/06/2014 12:22 PM
      @arthur And tilt too far left in this province, and everyone loses. Even the lefties, though they're not aware of it.
  2. Alex posted on 05/05/2014 06:25 AM
    Tim Hudak has already lost this election because of two things.
    First was when he identified himself with being in favour of 'right to work' legislation (which in reality is a euphemism for make the rich richer) and secondly using the exaggerated term 'a million new jobs'. Not even the Conservatives are buying that plus it sounds to much like Rob Fords 'a billion saved' rant.
  3. Angry Bill posted on 05/05/2014 09:39 AM
    "Federal finance minister Joe Oliver said this weekend the party's campaign budget, would put the province on the "route to economic decline."

    After 2 terms of this liberal party, I kind of think we're already well along that route already.

    Anyone who votes liberal at this point quite frankly must eat soft food. Even those who benefit from the liberal self-serving policies, like people in the public sector unions or teacher unions, are short sighted. They are busy arguing that they deserve to sit in the best deck chairs on the Titanic.
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