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WATCH: Tim Hudak steps down as PC leader

Will stay on until successor is chosen

After close to five years in the post, Tim Hudak is stepping aside as leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives.

Hudak made the announcement Thursday night in the wake of a drubbing by the Liberals in a province-wide election that saw Kathleen Wynne leading a majority government.

With his wife Deb Hutton as his side, a crestfallen Hudak  forced a meagre smile as he told supporters in Grimsby, “I am optimistic about our party’s future. But I will not be leading the Ontario PC party into the next election campaign.” Hudak’s resignation was greeted with a ripple of “no”s through the thin crowd.

Hudak plans to meet with the party caucus and executive in the next few days to figure out how to choose a successor.  Hudak will stay on as leader until that process is complete. He will also continue to represent Niagara West-Glanbrook as an MPP.

Most people at PC election headquarters were skeptical Hudak’s decision to step aside was the right one. “Tim was a good man, I thought a lot of Tim”, said one supporter. “I thought Tim was great, would’ve loved to see him stay on”, said another.

Tony Kamphuis, who ran Hudak’s campaign in his home riding would have liked  him to at least consult the party before stepping down. He says the role of leader takes time to grow into.

“I worry that as a party, we get into this pattern of looking for immediate gratification,” said Kamphuis. “Let’s toss it out and try something else, and will we ever make real progress in that way, I’m not sure.”

Most supporters said the news of Hudak’s departure was too fresh to even consider who could lead the party next.  However, one man suggested deputy PC leader Christine Elliott, saying he admires her forthrightness.

Hudak called the campaign that ultimately led to his demise hard-fought and one he is proud of. Earlier in the day, he said he thought he had done well in the face of attacks on the math behind his Million Jobs Plan and his vow to cut 100,000 positions in the public sector.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 06/13/2014 09:18 AM
    Mixed feelings for me here.....

    The man really tried. He was the only one with integrity in this whole race- and he paid for it.
    He was the only one who didn't look at the budget (TWICE) from the Liberals.
    He was the only one who was upfront about the job cuts. Wynne says she's not going to do it- but believe me, she is.
    He was the only one who ran a campaign NOT based on attacking.

    On the other hand...
    You have a government that is LITERALLY embroiled in scandal, corruption and police investigations. This election should have been like taking a candy from a SLEEPING baby! And somehow you got out-gunned and out-smarted.

    Now we have a legitimately elected corrupted Liberal majority. Now you have Miss 'Steady Hands' at the wheel, with very little influence from back-seat drivers (PCs/NDPs) to help navigate.
    Geez. I feel like I'm in the twilight zone. I wonder in what other democratic country in the world where this sort of thing happens....

    So, ANGRY BILL- where's a good province to move to?
    1. Angry Bill posted on 06/15/2014 12:20 PM
      @Karl Burgin Try Bramladesh.
      Never mind - you're already there.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 06/15/2014 01:31 PM
      @Angry Bill OK there donny putz.

      Still having issues using ur own id, huh?
  2. Ultimate Insider posted on 06/15/2014 05:38 PM
    >>


    For 40 days Hudak and his advisers stepped in it.
    For 40 minutes they watched it collapse around them.
    For 40 seconds Hudak explained that he was stepping down.
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