Size matters — at least for politicians and their Christmas trees.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak went on a search after a two-metre balsam fir that was outside his office Monday was replaced with one about half that size.

“We had a beautiful tree, but all of a sudden it had mysteriously walked away,” Hudak said yesterday. “It was replaced with one that looks a bit more like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.”

Turns out Speaker Steve Peters felt the tree for his office wasn’t large enough, so he sent staff out to get a bigger one — which they found outside Hudak’s third-floor office.

“It was brought to my attention that that was the tree that belonged to one of the honourable members, and I sincerely apologize for that happening,” Peters said.

“The Speaker wanted to have the tallest Christmas tree in the building,” admitted Peters, referring to himself in the third person.

By the end of the day, a new, very large tree was installed outside Hudak’s office … ending the great tree tale.

Election won’t be a family affair

Premier Dalton McGuinty and Tory leader Tim Hudak have agreed on some ground rules regarding their families in next October’s election.

Both have talked about making sure family members are off limits during the campaign, said McGuinty. “We’ve all got people who are very strong on us and absolutely committed to our
causes, and sometimes they can cross a line.

“I think it’s incumbent upon all of us to rein them in from time to time, as appropriate.”