Liberal leader Premier Kathleen Wynne and Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak
spun two very different views as to what Hudak's promise to cut 100,000 public sector
jobs will actually mean to Ontarians.
Wynne says Hudak's pledge would reduce important services and plunge Ontario back
into recession. She says obs that would be lost and services that would be cut under
the Hudak PCs include:
- Water Inspectors who help keep our water safe
- Meat Inspectors who make sure our food is safe to eat
- Workplace health and safety inspectors who ensure that employees are protected on
- Corrections Officers who guard our prisons.
- Hospital Support Staff who keep our hospitals running
- Healthcare Researchers/Scientists who conduct world-leading research and save lives
- Personal Support Workers who look after our parents and grandparents
- College and other vocational instructors who teach trades and important skills
- University instructors who mold young minds and prepare our students for the careers
- Teachers who change the world
- Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and daycare workers who instruct and care for our
- Educational support staff who keep our schools running
- Children's aid workers who get at-risk kids out of harm's way
- Forest fire fighters who protect our communities
- Nursing home inspectors who keep watch over some of our most vulnerable
- Environmental inspectors who protect our air quality.
Wynne says the Hudak PC proposal to slash 100,000 jobs would put Ontario's economy
at risk and plunge the province back into a recession. Fewer people at work will
result in less money invested back into the economy, leading to thousands of layoffs
of highly-skilled workers. Tim Hudak's commitment to cancel major infrastructure
projects would result in even more layoffs and reverse progress made to improve
transit, bridges and highways.
- The 2002 report by Justice Dennis O'Connor examined the fatal E.coli contamination
of the drinking water in Walkerton Ontario. His report showed that the most serious
case of water contamination in Canadian history could have been prevented by proper
chlorination of drinking water. He also pointed to the region's public utilities
managers and cutbacks by the Harris-Hudak PCs as contributors to the tragedy.
- In Justice Roland Haines' report from July 2004 regarding concerns about food safety
at a meat inspection plant in Aylmer, he criticized the Harris-Hudak PCs for gutting
the meat inspection system in Ontario. By forcing many meat inspectors into the
private sector, vacancies were created for provincial meat inspectors. Justice Haines
focused on how those applying for the vacated positions often had little or no experience
in the meat industry and fewer and fewer experienced inspectors were on hand to
mentor the recruits.
But Hudak claims his plan for affordable energy will create 40,000 jobs in the process.
"I think our announcement today highlights our party's commitment to getting the
economic fundamentals right," said PC Candidate Jeff Yurek. "You talk to any mid
to large-sized manufacturer and they'll tell you how crippling high industrial energy
rates are on their business. That is why we're pushing forward with a plan to bring
hydro rates down and create 40,000 new jobs."
As part of the Ontario PC Million Jobs Plan, Hudak claims a PC government will:
- 1. Replace wasteful subsidies for windmills and solar panels. This would save Ontario's
economy $20 billion a year in energy costs.
- 2. Reduce the bloated energy bureaucracy that has doubled over the past decade.
- 3. Pursue safe, reliable, cost-effective technologies like hydro electricity and
- 4. Open up access to affordable hydro electricity and natural gas in nearby jurisdictions
such as Quebec and several US states.
Yurek noted that in the past 10 years Ontario went from having industrial rates
for electricity that were below the U.S. national average to the highest rates in
North America. Rising energy rates have made it less attractive for job creators
to do business in Ontario and have chased 300,000 manufacturing jobs out of the
"Here in St. Thomas, we have experienced the devastation that comes in the wake
of major manufacturers closing their doors," said Yurek. "These companies still
manufacture their products, they just don't do it here. I want to see that change.
I want St. Thomas and Elgin to be a place where business can't afford not invest
and I think bringing down costly hydro rates is an important first step to achieving
Yurek also noted that the PC efforts to guarantee affordable energy will also help
families who have seen their hydro rates triple since 2003. "At the end of the day,
this plan will create more jobs and allow people to keep more of their hard-earned
money. This is the way we can get Ontario working better."
Diametrically opposed views and it's up to the voters of this province to decide
who they will believe.