"I know you're dusting off an old piece of Dalton McGuinty propaganda," Hudak said during a campaign stop east of Toronto. "That was a manufacture of the Liberals."
In fact, within weeks of coming to office in the fall of 2003, an independent auditor confirmed the Conservative government under then-premier Ernie Eves had left the province with the $5.6-billion deficit.
There's this thing about being focused on the win to the exclusion of all else - the closer you get to it, the more likely you are to dismiss all else.
Perhaps this makes sense if you're running a race and are trying to channel your energy towards a finite point in time - but it isn't leadership.
Leaders realize the landscape changes and that the people you're at odds with are still going to be there when the race is over.
Tim Hudak, however, is not a leader. He sees himself as the boss.
When you're the boss, you make the rules and write the history books. You're history's actor; you shoot from the lip.
That's how Dick Cheney did it for George W Bush and you know what? It worked out brilliantly for all concerned, especially the GOP. It's what Harper is doing with Canada at large, as evidenced by his attacks on facts that disagree with his view of the world.
At least now we know why Hudak's such a fan of the manufactured economy.