Friday, October 31, 2014Cloudy 6°C
City

Tim Hudak shows how not to do a TTC photo op

Posted by Derek Flack / May 12, 2014

tim hudak ttc press conferenceOntario PC leaser Tim Hudak and his handlers must have thought it was a pretty good idea to announce his promise to build a new subway by riding the TTC rails like an everyman. What escaped the PC team, however, was the foresight to secure a permit or to get permission from the TTC, which has rules that restrict campaign events on its property. And that failure led to one marvellously awkward encounter yesterday morning, as transit officers put a stop to the impromptu photo op. The whole thing also caused a minor subway delay, which didn't exactly ingratiate Hudak to his fellow passengers.

PC party tweetHow exactly the officers knew where to find Hudak and his team is unknown, though the PC's claim that the incident was an example of CUPE interference. It's all rather dramatic, but the video itself is Curb Your Enthusiasm cringeworthy for the way that Doug Holyday does everything he can to stay off camera while Hudak wears a politician's perma-smile in the background.

Discussion

64 Comments

Karen J. Pottruff / May 12, 2014 at 09:27 am
user-pic
What can I say? It was a photo-op gone wrong.
LiveAndLearn / May 12, 2014 at 09:30 am
user-pic
Oh please. This has CBC stink written all over it. TTC staff may have just been doing their jobs, but I can tell you right now, CUPE teaming up with CBC and, pi*sing Torontonians off is a BAD idea. You shouldn't be opting for making waves right now. CBC set you up.
Yuri / May 12, 2014 at 09:32 am
user-pic
Right-wingers are not very smart, are they?
Hatts / May 12, 2014 at 09:32 am
user-pic
CUPE Workers stopped me from getting on the TTC without paying this morning.
bernie Q / May 12, 2014 at 09:40 am
user-pic
I miss the old days where the union would send out heavies and thugs to go crack skulls, kneecaps, and fingers. You mess with the union eh? *SMASH!!!*

That's what it's all about...
Ok / May 12, 2014 at 09:43 am
user-pic
I'm guessing Hudak is above the TTC bylaws that everyone has to follow? In case you are unfamiliar with the TTC bylaws, they are posted in every subway car. One of them states that you need to have prior written permission from the commission if you are going to film ANYWHERE on TTC property.
joefun / May 12, 2014 at 09:43 am
user-pic
the article currently starts with "Ontario PC leaser" - freudian slip?

Davy Gravy / May 12, 2014 at 09:44 am
user-pic
Hudak is a gormless jackass. If he had any political savvy at all, he'd have sprung RoFo from "rehab" and brought him in to liven up the video. The transit cops would have been so transfixed they'd never have stopped the proceedings.
Ok replying to a comment from Ok / May 12, 2014 at 09:51 am
user-pic
Ugh need more coffee...

"I'm guessing Hudak is above the TTC bylaws that everyone has to follow"

should read

"I'm guessing Hudak thinks he is above the TTC bylaws that everyone has to follow"

OK DUDE / May 12, 2014 at 09:53 am
user-pic
So I guess anyone can do what they want in this city now. forget about rules and regulations and courtesy.

Sounds good.
W. K. Lis / May 12, 2014 at 09:59 am
user-pic
TTC Bylaw No.1 states:

3.17 No person shall operate any camera, video recording device, movie camera or any similar device for commercial purposes upon the transit system without authorization.

Unless your name is Hudak or Ford or their entourage.
Frankly replying to a comment from LiveAndLearn / May 12, 2014 at 10:17 am
user-pic
What has the CBC got to do with it?
Marc replying to a comment from LiveAndLearn / May 12, 2014 at 10:27 am
user-pic
TTC is ATU, not CUPE.
Ron L / May 12, 2014 at 10:29 am
user-pic
This is hysterical... look at Hudak in the background with that frozen stupid smile. Everyday another fail!
steve replying to a comment from LiveAndLearn / May 12, 2014 at 10:34 am
user-pic
Typical con/neo-con, rules are for others not us, when we break then and get caught we blame our perceived enemies.
Ryan replying to a comment from joefun / May 12, 2014 at 10:37 am
user-pic
No, that's correct. He leases PCs in Ontario. When you're not qualified to run a province, gotta do something to keep afloat when you're not delaying commuters..
Walter replying to a comment from OK DUDE / May 12, 2014 at 10:46 am
user-pic
OVER THE LINE MARK IT ZERO

This isn't Nam there are rules
jen replying to a comment from Ron L / May 12, 2014 at 10:54 am
user-pic
He kind of looks like a beaver with that grin, or a woodchuck. Definitely some sort of rodent. What an idiot.
annettebradford / May 12, 2014 at 11:02 am
user-pic
Any junior events planner should know that you need permits to do that sort of thing. Come on, how dumb is his team?
There it is. replying to a comment from jen / May 12, 2014 at 11:10 am
user-pic
Dracula.
Meathead / May 12, 2014 at 11:24 am
user-pic
they need to cut their losses within the inner-GTA and focus on the outer-GTA and rural.

this isnt rocket science.
bobbyc replying to a comment from LiveAndLearn / May 12, 2014 at 11:41 am
user-pic
Yeah, you're right, man. The CBC and Union Workers had their Weekly Working Brunch Meeting and drew up a list of Potential Events that Might Prove Beneficial to all Parties.

You are only pissed off because you were not invited and had to pay for your own bagels.

Do love the "CBC stink" term, though. Is that an original or part of a PC Talking Points handout?
Jerry / May 12, 2014 at 11:43 am
user-pic
Once again we're not talking about the plaform or campaign announcement that he made and we'll be voting for or against. But instead were talking about a minor blip on the campaign road.

Ryan / May 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm
user-pic
Hudek's campaign is going really well, you guys.
bob loblaw / May 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm
user-pic
I think you'd best all prepare yourselves for Premiere Tim Hudak.
Borte replying to a comment from bob loblaw / May 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm
user-pic
Red carpet premiere?
mar replying to a comment from Borte / May 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm
user-pic
wishful thinker
Walter replying to a comment from W. K. Lis / May 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm
user-pic
TTC Bylaw No.1 states: 3.17 No person shall operate any camera, video recording device, movie camera or any similar device for commercial purposes upon the transit system without authorization.

I would say politicking is not a commercial venture. There must be some other by-law, otherwise I think he was wrongly accused.
Say no to curruption / May 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm
user-pic
It was Kathleen "corruption" Wynne who called the ttc constables on hudak!
Vanessa / May 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm
user-pic
As a strictly amateur photographer - if I even attempt to use a tripod on a subway platform they ask me to get a permit or leave. I'm not using it for commercial purposes, at all, but the moment they see a tripod they kick you out.
What made him think he could film like that without permission? Seems like he is borrowing some of Ford's sense of self entitlement.
Jacob replying to a comment from Walter / May 12, 2014 at 01:10 pm
user-pic
Politicking itself is not a commercial venture, but you typically invite the media to a campaign event and they certainly are commercial ventures.

But overall, I think this was more about disrupting subway service. You don't pull this sort of nonsense on an active transit system. They'd have to put the subway line out of service while cameramen run around and Hudak makes his speech, and none of the riders are going to like that. But hey, it's typical Conservative "pretending to care about the little guy" stuff.
LavenderBlume / May 12, 2014 at 01:22 pm
user-pic
LMAO at how Hudak just keeps smiling! My facial muscles would fail me. Must take lots of practice.
Borte replying to a comment from mar / May 12, 2014 at 01:54 pm
user-pic
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/premiere
mar replying to a comment from Borte / May 12, 2014 at 03:03 pm
user-pic
Thanks. I got your comment. Mine was meant to be reply to the thumb that thinks Hudak will be our next 'premiere'
bob loblaw replying to a comment from mar / May 12, 2014 at 03:19 pm
user-pic
Yeah whatev. Sorry abt my spelling, I'm the product of a Prov of Ontario education.

Still, and I'm no great Tory backer, he's gonna win. So you can put that in yer sanctimonious pipe and smoke it.
Theodore / May 12, 2014 at 04:07 pm
user-pic
Sorry, I just had to do this

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bndens8IAAAJ9GJ.jpg
McRib replying to a comment from bob loblaw / May 12, 2014 at 04:14 pm
user-pic
guess whose party cut school funding in Ontario, and guess who was an MPP during that time?

take your time.
Say no to curruption 2 / May 12, 2014 at 04:18 pm
user-pic
And say no to Tim "Walkerton E Coli" Hudak and his wife Deb "Poison Water" Hutton. Oh yeah...say no to ordering the OPP to kill native Canadians, a Hudak/Hutton Production as much as their children.
Tim Hudak is Mike Harris' illegitimate son / May 12, 2014 at 04:23 pm
user-pic
Yes, he's a bastard! Hazel McCallion's Hudak's birth Mommy!
Hazel McCallion / May 12, 2014 at 04:25 pm
user-pic
Landsakes! My secret is out! I'm a slut! A 93 year old slut - a proud slut!
r / May 12, 2014 at 04:29 pm
user-pic
tim will screw this province even further
make no mistake

pc will sell you out
look at rob ford, harper, mulroney, harris all sell outs at all levels
Orphan Hudak / May 12, 2014 at 04:49 pm
user-pic
OH is a non-identical clone of Mike Harris, so vote Hudak, vote MASSIVE TEACHER STRIKES - AGAIN!
SonofKhan replying to a comment from Marc / May 12, 2014 at 05:22 pm
user-pic
You're wrong. The TTC has several unions. The Special Constables of the TTC are under CUPE.

This was a CUPE sting period. They did nothing when then mayoral candidate Smitherman did a bigger thing on the subway, or when Chow did stuff using a TTC bus.
Clare replying to a comment from Hatts / May 12, 2014 at 05:48 pm
user-pic
good, i pay my damn fare and i'm poor as hell so you should too
SonofKhan replying to a comment from Clare / May 12, 2014 at 05:53 pm
user-pic
He paid his fare as far as we know. There is no indication otherwise.
Holy Thundering Jesus / May 12, 2014 at 06:49 pm
user-pic
Hudak is an idiot, Common Sense 2.0 is code for bend over Toronto cause we're gonna screw you all over again.
Poyboy55 / May 12, 2014 at 06:50 pm
user-pic
Wait. Didn't we just watch this video that was filmed on the TTC without a special permit? He should have just carried on with his speech...a smartphone would have caught it.
SonofKhan2 / May 12, 2014 at 06:56 pm
user-pic
SonofKhan is a troglodyte like his hero, the Murderer Hudak. No one cares that he hired incompetent staff and looked like a Smiley Goofball Bobblehead.
Murderer Hudak / May 12, 2014 at 06:58 pm
user-pic
Harper's increased penal sanctions means Hudak will spend 20 years in jail for Walkerton/Dudley George.
SonofKhan replying to a comment from SonofKhan2 / May 12, 2014 at 09:00 pm
user-pic
Whatever helps you sleep at night buddy.
Kirk / May 12, 2014 at 09:48 pm
user-pic
I hate politicians they are so useless
Josh Bentley-Swan / May 12, 2014 at 10:02 pm
user-pic
It seems Tim Hudak should have read Marquis Men's 'Gentleman's Guide to Riding the Subway' before making his announcement. Useful advice for any subway rider
Josh Bentley-Swan / May 12, 2014 at 10:03 pm
user-pic
Here is the article: http://marquismen.com/gentlemans-guide-riding-subway/
Goodbye Libs / May 12, 2014 at 10:16 pm
user-pic
Why are the Liberals trying to promote all this spending on project NOW? They've been in power and had plenty of opportunity to do what's right all along instead of, if elected we will....

You had the chance, why are you making promises now?
Old days / May 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm
user-pic
Man what happened to the old days where conservatives and liberals actually worked together to make and pass plans?
Dr. McCoy / May 13, 2014 at 01:21 am
user-pic
Conservatives are Tribbles.
the_pitboss / May 13, 2014 at 09:02 am
user-pic
Wow. Do any of you people realise that he's running for the premier of Ontario, not Toronto? He can do all the campaigning he wants in the GTA, the rest of us aren't voting for him. Toronto is the laughing stock of the entire world right now. The rest of the province isn't taking anything the people who elected Rob ford Seriously. If you live in the GTA, you should be ashamed to even mention politics, much less think an incident on the your subway is relevant to the rest of us.
sonofkhan replying to a comment from Goodbye Libs / May 13, 2014 at 11:20 am
user-pic
Yup. Only subway the Libs approved was one to another city so Sorbara could get re-elected.
sonofkhan replying to a comment from the_pitboss / May 13, 2014 at 11:20 am
user-pic
GTA didn't vote Ford. There is no city called the GTA.
SonofKhan is SonofBitch / May 13, 2014 at 01:27 pm
user-pic
Brainless incoherent twat.
sonofkhan replying to a comment from SonofKhan is SonofBitch / May 13, 2014 at 03:22 pm
user-pic
So there is a city called GTA? And it has a mayor?
SonofKhan is... / May 13, 2014 at 04:18 pm
user-pic
...a Pompous Shite!
The Shakes / May 16, 2014 at 11:22 am
user-pic
Not sure i would have been as classy as those riders, i probably would have heckled him and his band of imbeciles to get the f' off the train and quit holding up the line. What a pure clown show, pretending he cares about fixing congestion...by causing a subway delay just so he can have a photo op. And that smile of his, is one of the creepiest things i've ever seen. People actually trust this guys enough to vote for him?
Brainless Twats For Hudak / May 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm
user-pic
Screw Us Tim! We like it! Fire ALL government workers! Close ALL schools, Close ALL Hospitals! FIRE ALL FIREMEN & POLICE! Zero Taxes! Shut Down ALL Utilities! No Power! No Water! No roads! No buses! SUBSISTENCE FARMING FOR EVERYONE!

Add a Comment

Other Cities: Montreal