Looking for a leader, not a dinner guest

For anyone who read The Star’s profile on Tim Hudak this morning and felt uneasy, you’re not alone.

Painted as the ‘boy next door’, within the first few paragraphs of this profile (which reads like a feel-good script) we are handed out a prediction that “if [Hudak] wins, voters are going to love him.”  This opinion is coming from Conservative funder and business lawyer, Ralph Lean.  Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t take political opinions from someone who regularly offers legal advice to and represents millionaires. I think it’s safe to say that Mr. Lean and I would probably not ‘love’ the same type of leader. And so, it’s beyond me why The Star chooses to begin their profile on Hudak with such a blatant bias.  Thank you for your opinion, Mr. Ralph Lean. I will now give you mine.

The piece from this morning makes me uneasy, because it creates a diversion. This type of profiling is dangerous because it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside- kind of like how I feel when I watch Brad Pitt on the big screen. But I’m not electing Brad to be my next Premier. That would be distracting- just like this piece from the Star. Forcing me to read about what a good and “likeable” guy Hudak is, how he used to play street hockey after school and how he grew up in a small town, although perhaps factual , are in reality distractions.

After all, we are not inviting Hudak over for a social gathering; we’re deciding whether he is fit to be our next Premier. We’re not asking him to organize our weekend picnic, but rather organize systems that will drastically and immediately affect our lives. To many people, that means we need someone who is committed to helping others. Now who are these ‘others’ that I refer to? This is perhaps where, Mr. Ralph Lean and I might disagree- or perhaps not…

The type of leader we should be looking for is one who is committed to helping those who are the most vulnerable. In my humble opinion, that means our parents & grandparents, our toddlers, our sick and our poor. I’ll make those sweeping categorizations for the time being.

Now if you agree with my basic premise, that is, if you believe that a good leader ought to serve her most vulnerable populations, then please keep reading. If you don’t, you’re welcome to read, and learn something.

I’m sure Hudak is a good father, husband, neighbour and person. I’m sure if I met him, I would find him very likable. In fact, please don’t try and sell Tim Hudak based on a fact that he’s a “good guy” because frankly, that should be a prerequisite. I don’t want to know how many soccer games he has coached, I want to know what he is planning to do. I want to understand his policies. I want to get a sense of who inspires him and how he plans to help the most vulnerable people in our communities. Sadly, it’s only 30-something paragraphs later that we’re given a basic glimpse into this type of information. After rambling about Hudak’s likability factor, the article breezily mentions the fact that he consulted with right-wing extremists in the USA for economic advice. It also glosses over the fact that his ‘Million Jobs Plan’ is questionable and likely faulty, and that he plans to cut 100,000 civil servants.

At this crucial time, we don’t need any more distractions. We need to focus on finding a leader who is going to fight for the lowest common denominator and act as an advocate for those who have little to no voice. I don’t believe Tim Hudak is that man. Sure, he’s a nice guy. But good people don’t always make good leaders. But don’t take my word for it, read more about why millions are trying to Stop Hudak. As far as I can see,  His agenda, his platform, his slogans, convince me that he is far from helping (a) our seniors, (b) our little ones(c) our sick and (d) our poor.

S.R.S.

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