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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 the job
  • 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 of tomorrow
  • Teachers who change the world
  • Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and daycare workers who instruct and care for our youngest children
  • 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.

Quick Facts

  • 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 natural gas.
  • 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 province.

"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 that."

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.

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