TIM HUDAK FLIP-FLOPS ON BOOZE MONOPOLY:
NO CREDIBILITY ON LCBO/BEER STORE
PCs Seek Votes with Freedom Party Plank they rejected during Ontario Election 2011
December 4, 2012, Toronto - Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak today lifted a Freedom Party of Ontario plank that his party – along with the Liberals and NDP – rejected during election 2011. As usual, Hudak presented the idea as a trial balloon, not a promise. Freedom Party leader Paul McKeever says Hudak’s cynically flip flopping on the issue, and accuses Hudak of engaging in another plan of bait-and-switch.
Click to watch Freedom Party of Ontario’s
2011 Election TV ad re: ending the LCBO monopoly
“It’s Hudak’s buck-a-beer bait-and-switch all over again”, says McKeever. “In late 2010, Freedom Party put out a proposal to lower the cost of beer by eliminating the hidden beer tax. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Hudak openly mused about allowing beer to be sold for a dollar. It got him headlines, but buck-a-beer was mysteriously absent from his party’s election platform months later.
“Expect the same to happen with Mr. Hudak’s pilfering of Freedom Party’s proposal to end the LCBO and Beer Store monopolies. In a questionable attempt to rally conservatives, Mr. Hudak – an advocate of socialized health care and education – has suddenly decided to flip-flop, steal a Freedom Party plank, and cross-dress as a free marketeer on the liquor monopoly issue. But I’d bet a bottle of Lagavulin that Tim Hudak’s PCs will never deliver on this posturing.
“What’s worse is that his talk about selling parts of the LCBO – a money-maker – is contrary to his stated purpose for this proposal: balancing the budget. Asset sales are very temporary band-aids on the fiscal crisis Ontario is facing. If Mr. Hudak truly wants to address the budget crisis, instead of pretending to be a Freedom Party guy, I heartily recommend that he steal our 2012 Opposition Budget proposal, which would balance the budget without engaging in pointless asset sales. A revised edition soon will be released for 2013, if he’d like to wait for that.”
For further details, contact:
Paul McKeever, B.Sc.(Hons), M.A., LL.B.
Leader - Freedom Party of Ontario