Anti-Hudak ad generated controversy within OPPA

A frame from an anti-Tim Hudak ad released by the Ontario Provincial Police Association.

A frame from an anti-Tim Hudak ad released by the Ontario Provincial Police Association.

Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:24 AM ET

The Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) has donated almost $30,000 to the Ontario Liberal Party, according to Elections Ontario records.

And a transcript of a discussion between OPPA executive members prior to their decision to buy attack ads show there was a heated discussion about the issue.

That contradicts the assertion from OPPA President Jim Christie that in releasing ads targeting PC leader Tim Hudak, the police union is not endorsing a party — they’re simply opposed to Hudak.

The ads released Monday use an old OPP public service ad.

“We’re here to keep you safe,” says one ad, which shows a uniformed officer pushing a lawbreaker into a cruiser.

“We’re the OPP and we’re here for you. Who’s Tim Hudak here for?” the voiceover asks.

The transcript — obtained by the Toronto Sun — shows there was a heated debate between members who wanted to support their local PC MPPs, while some agreed with some of Hudak’s policies.

 


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