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UPDATED: Tim Hudak to step down as PC leader on July 2nd

Hudak will make the move as the legislative session resumes

Newstalk 1010 has learned that the Tory head told his caucus that for the good of the party, and the good of his family, he'll give up his leadership role with the Progressive Conservatives.

Hudak will stay on as MPP for the riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook.

The Tory leader sent a two-page memo to caucus in the late afternoon, first pumping them up and then making his announcement.

In the note, Hudak reveals the PC caucus is divided on how to move forward, some wanting a longer transition process until they pick a new leader.

Hudak says he has decided to step down at the start of the legislative session so the party could get an interim leader in placeas it begins.

Newstalk 1010 political analyst and Toronto Sun editor Adrienne Batra says the news doesn't surprise her.

 "It's not uncommon,” she said. “ When a leader loses an election, it gets to the point where they need to resign, so it's not out of the ordinary."

Several names have been floated as potential candidates to replace Hudak. Fellow MPP's Chirstine Elliott and Lisa MacLeod as well as federal Conservatives Tony Clement and Lisa Raitt are all rumoured to have been interested in the seat.

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  1. John posted on 06/18/2014 08:22 PM
    I voted for Tim but I knew he was not the guy who would get the job done for u.
    Best to let him go.
    1. Sammy from Scarborough posted on 06/18/2014 10:36 PM
      @John "Best to let him go."
      Ha !! Ha !! Ha !!

      From "hero" to "zero" in less than a week.
      Ha !! Ha !! Ha !!

      Bitter Con losers love to eat their young.
      Ha !! Ha !! Ha !!
    2. Mike posted on 06/19/2014 09:28 AM
      @John I think it was more like in the PC caucus meeting. "Tim don't say another $#@!^ word, just get the $#@! out. NOW!
  2. Ultimate Insider posted on 06/19/2014 06:43 AM
    So the Conservative campaign brain trust has been blaming the voters of Ontario for the severe thrashing on June 12th.

    Now let's see if party members have the guts to ditch the wild-eyed Tea Party fringe and old Harris nitwits and get back to being a moderate, rational, civilized Ontario conservative party (remember Bill Davis?).

    If they make Lisa MacLeod their next leader, they haven't learned a thing.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 06/19/2014 11:05 AM
      @Ultimate Insider Then they'll be exactly like the voters of Ontario, who also obviously haven't learned a thing. They voted in yet again a corrupt, self-serving, inept, dishonest, tax/spend happy, money-squandering liberal regime.
  3. arthur posted on 06/19/2014 09:35 AM
    a lesson to remember here is talk radio which is mostly right leaning and comment boards don't really have a pulse on what the masses of voters really wants.
    this party the PC's was decimated and there's a reason for that. I'll be interested where they go from here because this platform they put in front of us was filed where it should belong
    1. Mark7 posted on 06/19/2014 12:49 PM
      @arthur But the criminal Fiberal platform of stealing from you and then bringing in an outsider to wipe clean emails, Ornge, ..., is better?!

      You must be one of the pinheads who voted Fiberal. There is NO excuse for your treachery.
  4. Mark7 posted on 06/19/2014 12:51 PM
    If not the Conservatives getting into power, the NDP would have been my second choice.

    At least with the NDP when we lose billions, it will be up front by poor policies, not behind the lines deliberate STEALING from us by the criminal Fiberals!
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