One thing about Tim Hudak's call for chain-gangs is that its a good reason to listen to Sam Cooke (who taught Rod Stewart to sing, incidentally). You can play it while you're reading the rest:
My favorite bit of Tory policy wonkery with respect to the chain gang proposal so far:
Details on whether inmates would be manacled together to prevent escape have yet to worked out, [Hudak] said.
Personally, I think Hudak has to come clean on the manacles/no-manacles issue before he can be taken seriously. I would obviously prefer a "no-manacle" policy, but as a typical Canadian compromise I would be able to accept manacles if they were offered in a series of attractive colours, and if the sex offenders and low level drug-dealers on the work crew filling pot-holes in downtown Markham were allowed to choose the colour of their own set of manacles. There's more opportunity for self-realization that way, in my opinion. But I'm a Liberal--I'm soft.
PS. It's hard to know how faithfully Conservative bloggers represent the Conservative rank & file, but this guy has an interesting take.