Tim Hudak transit photo-op derailed on TTC subway

PC Leader Tim Hudak. (Antonella Artuso/QMI Agency)

PC Leader Tim Hudak. (Antonella Artuso/QMI Agency)

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:59 PM ET

TORONTO -- Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak's campaign experienced a different kind of transit gridlock Sunday.

A photo-op orchestrated as part of the unveiling of Tory transit plans was derailed by Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) transit officers, who ordered Hudak, his team and assembled media off a subway train.

They said the group didn't have a permit to film on the vehicle and shut down the event.

Video posted on YouTube shows the officers arguing with campaign team members while Hudak smiles in the background.

After the eviction, the Ontario PC twitter account lashed out at the officers, who are reportedly members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

"CUPE workers stop Tim Hudak photo op on the TTC. They are only interested (in) themselves, not fixing transit for commuters," the team tweeted.

"TTC Union Double Standard: Liberals allowed to hold avails on subway, conservatives told no," the team tweeted a few minutes later.

TTC spokesman Milly Bernal said the officers were enforcing policy, which bars campaign events in "fare paid areas" during an election period. Regardless, the Tories hadn't approached anyone at the TTC for permission for the press conference, she said.

Bernal said she believed the Kathleen Wynne press conference took place before the election was called, which is permitted by the City of Toronto.

"If the candidate wanted to have a media event on the subway (he) should have called us," she said of Hudak. "I don't have any information that was done and I'm the media on-call person since Friday. That's kind of strange on their part."


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