Tim Hudak, Candidate for Niagara West-Glanbrook in Ontario Provincial Election 2011

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NameTim Hudak
ElectionOntario Provincial Election 2011
AreaNiagara West-Glanbrook
PartyProgressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Email tim@timhudak.ca
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BioOntario PC Leader Tim Hudak is running for Premier to restore Ontario as the best place to raise a family, build a business and make a future.

As the Member of Provincial Parliament for Niagara West-Glanbrook, Tim has worked hard for families in Lincoln, West Lincoln, Grimsby, Pelham, Glanbrook and Upper Stoney Creek.

Tim continues to fight for local frontline health care, including the new West Lincoln Memorial Hospital. He remains a supporter of the Mid-Peninsula Corridor Highway project – the single greatest investment in job creation for Niagara and Hamilton families in a generation.

As an advocate for local farmers and Niagara’s wine industry, he has long called for a permanent Business Risk Management Program based on cost of production and to increase market access for Ontario VQA wines, tender fruit and other commodities.

With a proven track record in preserving Niagara and rural Hamilton’s natural beauty, Tim continues to work with community leaders to ensure the permanent preservation of the Eramosa Karst.

Tim believes if you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve to get ahead. He believes that government should create the climate for the private sector to create jobs and then get out of the way. He believes government must live within its means and respect that every dollar it has comes directly from the people it serves.

In May 2011, Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Party released changebook – their commitment to Ontario families to deliver the change that families need.

Change that provides immediate tax relief and puts more money back in your pocket. Change that guarantees frontline services, like quality health care, will be there when families need them. And change that cleans up the waste, the fraud and the secret deals that have become the hallmark of the Dalton McGuinty government.

Change that will put our province back on track so that Ontario families can once again count on world class jobs, opportunities and services close to home.

Click here to learn more about Tim Hudak.

Tim’s approach to leadership begins with putting families first. He respects all that families do because he knows their story. It is the story of his family, of his neighbourhood, his town and the Ontario that made him.

Tim and his sister grew up in a middle class household in Fort Erie. His dad was a high school principal and his mom was a teacher. Tim learned the importance of self-reliance and community involvement from his parents and grandparents who originally came to Canada from Eastern Europe before World War Two.

Tim put himself through university working on the Canada-U.S. border. He earned an Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario and was subsequently awarded a full academic scholarship to the University of Washington where he obtained his Master’s degree in Economics.

Tim traveled across Canada as part of a management team helping a major international retailer grow its operations throughout Canada. Before entering public life, he worked for the Fort Erie Economic Development Corporation.

Tim’s motivation to enter politics came in the early 1990s, when he saw that his hometown, like most of Ontario, was having a tough time. Friends were leaving to find opportunities that were no longer available in the province they loved. He put his name on the ballot, and in the 1995 election, Tim was elected in the Ontario PC Party’s victory.

During his time serving the people of Ontario as a Cabinet Minister, Tim held three separate economic portfolios. As Ontario’s Minister of Tourism in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Tim quickly pulled together leaders in the tourism industry and provided leadership to protect jobs and help Ontario businesses recover from the dramatic drops in travel that followed the attacks.

As Minister of Consumer and Business Services, Tim led the charge to protect vulnerable seniors and families from fraud by comprehensively overhauling Ontario’s old consumer protection laws. Under Tim’s leadership, rules and regulations that were originally written on manual typewriters were finally updated to reflect the needs of consumers and entrepreneurs in the Internet age. As a result, Ontario consumers now have peace of mind that they can shop or pay their bills online with some of the strongest legal safeguards in Canada.

As Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Tim cut Ontario’s mining taxes to make them the lowest in Canada. This created new jobs in Ontario’s mining industry and made Ontario the best province in Canada for attracting new investment.

In 2007, Tim and his wife Debbie became proud parents with the birth of their daughter Miller. Despite the long hours and time pressures that come with a career in public life, Tim makes it a priority to spend as much time as possible with his family, and can often be found taking his daughter for walks near their home.

In his spare time, Tim is an avid student of economics and Canadian history. He was a volunteer sports coach, and loves basketball, soccer and football. Tim remains deeply attached to the Niagara countryside of his youth and enjoys mountain biking, outdoor cooking and kayaking on the Welland River near his home.

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Responses to Questions (top)

QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
Do you support completing the Mid-Peninsula Highway? Why or why not? Yes As part of our plan, an Ontario PC government will invest in the Niagara to GTA Highway Corridor. We have chosen this option because it will create jobs and serve as an artery for trade, tourism, investment an safer travel. In contrast, Dalton McGuinty has proposed to widen the QEW, which would require paving over sensitive tender fruit farmlands and would have a greater impact on ground water.
Do you believe municipalities should have more powers to generate revenue? If so, what would you propose? If not, why not? No You raised the issue of development charges. I think that's the wrong approach. The last thing Ontario needs is yet another new tax. At a time when families are struggling just to get by, and the Canadian dream of home ownership is out of reach to more and more young families, we simply cannot afford to add to their tax burden.

I believe it's the government's role to create the right conditions for the private sector to succeed, to create jobs - and then get out of the way. That means getting the fundamentals right, principles like reducing red tape, providing reliable and affordable energy, and competitive tax rates.
The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area has some of the worst traffic congestion in North America. What, if anything, will you do to alleviate the gridlock? Yes As an MPP from the Hamilton-Niagara Region, like any parent, I know what it is like to be stuck in gridlocked traffic when all I want to do is get home to Niagara to see my family.

When it comes to stable infrastructure spending, for the past eight years all we've seen are backtracks, flip flops and U-turns from the McGuinty Liberals. The same infrastructure projects get announced, reannounced, and sometimes re-re-announced -but never built.

This kind of uncertainty will come to an end under an Ontario PC government. We will be a partner you can trust. Unlike Dalton McGuinty, we will not try to be all things to all people or make promises we know we won't keep.

An Ontario PC government will invest $35 billion in infrastructure, with a significant portion going towards breaking gridlock and moving people and goods more quickly and efficiently.