Yesterday won’t count as one of Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak’s better days. First came this snippet from the Windsor Star that the party had “fired” their candidate in Essex from last election over a dispute on “right to work” legislation:
Dave Brister was fired today as the Ontario PC candidate in Essex for publicly criticizing the party’s support of right-to-work legislation…“I was asked to recant my opposition to RTW legislation in exchange for retaining my position & I refused to do so,” Brister tweeted. Brister was a popular and conservative Windsor city councillor before stepping down to run in Essex in the last Ontario general election in 2011. Brister lost to the NDP’s Taras Natyshak.
Later in the day, this announcement came from Frank Klees, long time MPP, that he’s had enough:
Veteran MPP Frank Klees is calling it quits…“This is a very difficult decision for me, but I am convinced that after almost two decades of public service, the time is right for me to move on to the next chapter of my life,” he said in a statement..While Hudak and Klees have never been close, the looming departure robs the Tories of one of their most respected caucus members and a shoo-in for a cabinet post in any future administration.
Not exactly great timing for the PC’s with byelections currently in progress, and not exactly a confidence booster for the rest of the PC MPP’s. One of your most senior MPP’s calls it quits, and basically is saying he doesn’t think Hudak’s fortunes are going to turn around.