LONDON, Ont. — Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives are wrapping up their conference in London today with a vote on which policies they want to see in the next party platform.
Hundreds of delegates from across the province are expected to whittle down a list of about two dozen policy ideas, from cutting income taxes to selling beer and wine in corner stores.
They’ll also consider a mandatory financial literacy credit for all high school students and crowd funding as a source of financing for ventures in Ontario.
Many of the ideas were among those Tory Leader Tim Hudak and his caucus had already proposed in a series of 15 “white papers,” which some delegates admitted they hadn’t read.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean the final list of policies will make it into the next campaign platform.
The Liberals say Hudak is hiding his true “horrible” agenda to eliminate 10,000 education jobs and make union membership optional, even though they’re not on today’s agenda.
They say Hudak is trying to present a kinder, gentler face at the convention so he can quell internal dissent about his leadership.
A motion that would have paved the way for another review of Hudak’s leadership was defeated Saturday, with Hudak laughing off the debate as a “minor sideshow” at the convention.