Toward a Real Jobs Plan For Ontario

April 11, 2012

“PC Leader Tim Hudak (has) said that without any serious spending cuts, job creation plan or mandatory
wage freeze, his party simply couldn’t accept the Liberal plan.”
– The Toronto Sun, April 4, 2012

With new StatsCan numbers showing Ontario’s unemployment rate higher than the national average for the 63rd consecutive month – and no job creation plan in the budget – Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Caucus are fanning out across the province on a For Jobs and Our Economy Tour to meet with community and business leaders on ideas for kick-starting job creation.

Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell made the comments today following a roundtable consultation. “The lack of a jobs plan, in the McGuinty Liberal budget, calls on us to engage local entrepreneurs, job creators and community leaders for their ideas to build on Tim Hudak’s plan for private
sector job growth.”

The Ontario PC plan to create a dynamic economy that creates jobs includes:

  • Balance the budget to give businesses confidence that the province can afford the things they need to expand, invest and create jobs – like lower taxes and good infrastructure
  • Lower businesses taxes to create a more competitive business environment
  • Enact a pro-jobs policy for resource development in the North
  •  Permanently reduce Ontario’s 386,251 pieces of regulation by at least a third
  • Treat affordable energy as a cornerstone of economic growth, and
  • Create more skilled trades jobs by modernizing the apprenticeship system

“Dalton McGuinty’s budget was a surprisingly weak response to a looming $30-billion deficit,” McDonell said. “Failing to tackle deficits and debt puts a further damper on job creation because it erodes business confidence in Ontario as a good place to invest, expand and create jobs.”

Jim McDonell, MPP said the need for a jobs plan was also highlighted with the recent release of Finance Ministry figures showing that while the national economy grew by 2.5 per cent last year, Ontario managed anemic growth of just 1.8 per cent.

And given that the Liberals actively deter job creation through higher business taxes, which will take $1.5-billion out of the economy just when it’s most needed, “we must join with business leaders in charting a new course, toward a more dynamic economy that again creates good jobs,” McDonell added.  “The Liberal budget took virtually no action on that front – especially with the total absence of a legislated public sector wage freeze. An Ontario PC government will,” Jim McDonell, MPP concluded.