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Hudak’s PCs play with fire by playing the ‘foreign’ card

Cohn, Martin Regg

Publisher:  Toronto Star, Toronto, Canada
Date Written:  11/09/2011
Year Published:  2011  
Resource Type:  Article

Tory Leader Tim Hudak has either tapped into a deep vein of voter resentment against recent immigrants, or taken a detour — possibly a U-turn — that has thrown his campaign off course after two years of meticulous preparations. I can’t recall ever seeing the normally mild-mannered Hudak more impassioned than when he railed against “foreign workers” in stump speeches across Eastern Ontario. Speaking to relatively sparse crowds of predominantly white, rural, older Progressive Conservative supporters, he claimed they were being disadvantaged by a nefarious Liberal affirmative action scheme to help outsiders....
Yet after reaching out to cultural communities for two years, and boasting that he’s translated his platform into 15 foreign languages, Hudak has changed his tune. He still extolls his own Slovak roots, but stresses that his grandfather arrived here without much English or money — and never took handouts.


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