THUNDER BAY – POLITICS – On Friday, Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak said that as a part of his plan to create a million new jobs in Ontario, he would make deep cuts to the civil service.
“We need to work together with all of our post-secondary, business and industry partners in order to compete in the global economy. While we’re actively engaged in ensuring that Ontario has a dynamic business climate and Ontarians have the support they need to succeed, the Hudak PCs and the NDP are stuck at the starting blocks, unwilling or unable to recognize that we live in a globally competitive environment,” stated Premier Kathleen Wynne.
The New Democrats are focused on their campaign platform. “Our Investment Tax Credit will reward manufacturers that invest in buildings, machinery, and equipment in Ontario. By helping companies invest in upgrading their operations, New Democrats will help create and support good jobs in Ontario,” says Andrea Horwath.
“We’re proud to be putting forward solutions that deliver results to get Ontarians back to work,” said Horwath. She noted that today’s announcement is a clear contrast to the Wynne Liberals, who have been unable to grow the economy while families fall further behind. Last year economic growth in the province hit its lowest level since the recession.
Harold Wilson, the Progressive Conservative candidate in Thunder Bay Atikokan states, “Yesterday’s PC plan to turn around the Province included the announcement to reduce the number of government employees by 100,000”.
Wilson continues, “Predictably, local commentators are in full ‘panic’ mode. I ask you to please consider three things:
“1. Under this Government, the public sector has increased by 300,000. At the same time, they have been cutting front line service jobs in the Northwest. We haven’t seen this huge employment increase. Those jobs are for administrators, policy analysts etc. that do not live here. The Ontario Power Authority is just one.
“2. Our party has announced our plan to support 200,000 new skilled trades, lifting restrictions and meeting the shortages that are holding back our economy in the Northwest.
“3. Our Provincial debt is now over $270 Billion, and the budget announced last week would have added another $12.5 Billion. How can we possibly get our finances back on track without reducing our costs? It cannot be done. And with a billion dollars a month now going to service the debt, we have to”.
“We are at a crossroads” states Wilson. “It is time to tackle the tough issues. We deserve better government”.