Hundreds of people from all over the province gathered in front of Queen’s Park on March 7, to protest recent cuts to the autism program by the Ford government.
A long-time, Liberal MPP and political rival of Progressive Conservative Tim Hudak, on his last day in the legislature, described him as a man who never flip-flopped.
Hudak, who has served Niagara West-Glanbrook constituency since 1995, announced last month he was leaving politics. Elected at age 27, Hudak became PC leader in 2009, but lost provincial elections to the Liberals in both 2011 and 2014. Thursday, in the legislature, Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines for the past 39 years, spoke of Hudak as a man with integrity.
“He didn’t pander to the issue of the day. He didn’t pander to individual interest groups and so on,” Bradley said.
A long-time member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative caucus offered personal thanks to retiring MPP Tim Hudak on his final day in the legislature.
Lisa MacLeod, MPP for Nepean-Carleton, paid tribute to former PC leader Hudak, Thursday morning, during his last appearance at Queen’s Park.
“I was struggling with depression,” MacLeod said. “He would sit with me, either here at Queen’s Park or on the phone when I was at home, and he would try to boost me up. Sometimes that was daily. That’s the Tim Hudak I know: well brought up, always deserving of my loyalty, always a friend.”