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Thursday, May 07, 2009

PC Leadership Race: Summary of policy proposals from all candidates

With only one week left before the membership cut off, I figured now would be the best time to summarize the policy proposals from the four leadership candidates. I am getting pretty excited about this policy debate, and can’t wait to see them debate in person.

(The order is alphabetical)

Christine Elliott
• A flat tax
• Increase maximum work week from 48 hours to 60 hours
• Freeze the minimum wage
• Double tax credit for charitable donations
• Review bail system and prevent repeat offenders
• Give more resources to combating illicit tobacco smuggling
• Policies to combat gang violence

• Opt out of federal EI program
• Build a law school in the north
• Ensure access to affordable broadband in the north
• Improve access to legal counsel in the north

Randy Hillier
• Re-opening the spring bear hunt
• Repeal the pit bull ban
• Opening competition for the Beer Store
• Abolishing the Ontario Human Rights Commission
• Reverse pesticide ban
• Allow freedom of conscience for professionals
• Change the apprentice to journeyman ratio from 1:3 to 1:1
Allow competition for the WSIB
Require a supervised democratic vote of all employees before a company is unionized.
• Senate elections in Ontario
• Allow municipalities to determine property assessment
• Hold referendum to de-amalgamate cities

Tim Hudak
• An immediate one-year payroll tax holiday on new hires
• Suspending the Land Transfer Tax for one-year on all new and resale home purchases
• Cancelling the Harmonized Sales Tax
• 2 000 dollar rebate for people that turn in 10 year old cars and buy new cars
• Wage freeze for non-unionized government employees

• Increasing the small business tax threshold
• Scrapping corporate welfare programs
• Freeze minimum wage
• Appoint a minister in charge of cutting ‘red tape’
• Allow new companies to defer taxes for one year

• Seizure of property of those suspected of committing a crime

Frank Klees
• Supports Senate elections
• Opposed to liberalizing liquor laws
• Opposed to the HST

Only Randy Hillier had all his policy on one easy to find page. The rest was found from old press releases and blog posts. If I missed anything say so in the comments and link where you heard it from.

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on May 7, 2009 | Permalink


Hugh, you didn't really accurately list Hillier's policies there.

• Allow marriage commissioners to refuse to marry homosexuals
• Change the apprentice to journeyman ratio from 1:3 to 1:1

The first one is the Freedom of Association and Conscience Act. You listed one implication of it, but that isn't the policy. It extends beyond a few hundred people.

The 2nd one is just 1/3 of the policies he had on that. He had democratic votes for union membership, which is HUGE. Private sector competition for the WSIB is also part of the policy.

Posted by: William Joseph | 2009-05-07 11:49:43 AM

thanks Willy,

the first one was just because I didn't know how to phrase it in a compact sentence. I think what I changed it to is a more accurate though less clear descriptor.

the second one was just an oversight. I forgot to add them as I was going through the list.

Posted by: hughmacintyre | 2009-05-07 12:06:20 PM


Great list and very good idea. Let's continue to update this as a resource for those interested in following the policy issues in the PC Leadership race.

In the interest of completeness, I don't see any mention of Christine Elliott's recently announced tough on crime policies.

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2009-05-07 12:07:17 PM

Excellent summary, Hugh.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-05-07 12:07:42 PM

Either I'm really blind or you updated that super fast. Either way...

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2009-05-07 12:10:44 PM

This is an excellent resource. Well done, Hugh.

Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2009-05-07 12:14:27 PM

Hudak just came out with something new, if you want to update again:

Posted by: William Joseph | 2009-05-07 12:18:28 PM

Hudak wants:
:Seizure of property of those suspected of committing a crime:.

Suspected ???

That line alone should scare the hell out of everyone.

Posted by: peterj | 2009-05-07 11:08:44 PM

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