Mr. Hudak was first elected to Queen’s Park in 1995. He was appointed to Cabinet in three successive economic portfolios: Northern Development and Mines, where he cut mining taxes to the lowest in Canada; Tourism, Culture and Recreation, where he executed a plan to help these industries recover from the September 11th attacks; and Consumer and Business Services, where he took action to protect vulnerable seniors by overhauling outdated consumer protection laws.
In 2009, Mr. Hudak won the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. As Leader of the Official Opposition, he assumed control of a province-wide organizational apparatus and significant Leader’s Office, Caucus and Party staff and budgets. Mr. Hudak also spearheaded the development of his Party’s integrated and detailed policies for job creation and economic growth. And, as the public face of his team, he bore the scrutiny of what had by then become a 24-7 news cycle with humour and calm.
Prior to entering public life, Mr. Hudak earned an Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario, and was subsequently awarded a full academic scholarship to the University of Washington, where he obtained his Master of Arts in Economics. He lives in Wellandport in his riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook, where he makes it a priority to spend as much time as possible with his family – his wife Debbie and their daughters Miller and Maitland.