Call it a pre-byelection campaign stop.

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak was in the Region on Wednesday, in advance of a pending byelection in the riding of Kitchener-Waterloo.

Hudak held a meet and greet with local riding associations this morning.  

Hudak was joined by Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris and Cambridge MPP Rob Leone.

The event was held at Golf’s Steak House in Kitchener.

Hudak said a strong Tory representative will be nominated for the Kitchener-Waterloo riding, “we’re looking forward to having a PC candidate to keep up Elizabeth’s strong tradition of effective local representation, and fighting for jobs.”

Hudak also spoke very highly of Witmer, “when they made Elizabeth Witmer, they broke the mould, right? I mean she’s a hall-of-fame inductee, if we had that, for MPP’s.”

There will be an Elizabeth Witmer tribute tonight, happening at the Westmount Golf and Country Club. It runs from 5:30p.m. until 7:30p.m.

On Tuesday night, Hudak took aim at the McGuinty government’s decision to hike taxes on people earning over $500,000 a year.

Speaking at a fundraising dinner in Toronto, Hudak said the tax punishes innovators, entrepreneurs and people with investment capital who can create jobs in Ontario.