Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader, Tim Hudak, has taken a step back from his own party’s proposal to bring controversial anti-union “right to work” legislation to the province. Mr. Hudak revealed to have decided not to go ahead with the proposal in a breakfast speech to a business audience in Toronto on Friday. Mr. Hudak straightforwardly stated not to abolish mandatory union dues if elected premier, and said that “we’re not going to do it,” adding that “we won’t touch the Rand Formula.”
The party had previously considered a shady proposal based on a controversial idea in a policy paper more than a year ago, which Mr. Hudak endorsed until last fall, as a technique to attract more businesses and compete with American jurisdictions. According to the supporters of the proposal, the right to work legislation was intended to make it easier for businesses, whereas critics argued that it will starve unions of dues, force them to shut down and consequentially lead to lower wages.