Hudak hecklers couldn't shout down leader at Peterborough stop

PC Leader Tim Hudak holds a town hall meeting at the Holiday Inn in Peterborough Monday, May 26,...

PC Leader Tim Hudak holds a town hall meeting at the Holiday Inn in Peterborough Monday, May 26, 2014. (SARAH DEETH/QMI AGENCY)

Sarah Deeth, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:13 PM ET

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Tim Hudak's handlers couldn't keep out the hecklers Monday, as the Ontario PC leader was given a rough ride during a stop in Peterborough.

About 50 people packed into a small room at a local hotel. While most were Tory supporters, journalists and local PC candidates, some of the Tory opposition also attended, shouting “Shame!” as Hudak spoke. Others loudly chortled during his speech.

Hudak kept the focus on his key campaign issues - jobs, cuts to government, cuts to spending and a recently announced 10% personal income tax reduction he said each family will get once the PCs balance the books.

Ontario, Hudak cautioned, was slipping deep into debt, dragging good jobs down with it.

"And you're going to cut 100,000 more!" A heckler in the back of the room shouted. "Good job, Tim."

Hudak didn't back down.

"It's bold and ambitious and it's going to get Ontario back on track," he said.


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