During the present campaign a great deal has been made of the Conservative plan to create 1,000,000 private sector jobs and reduce public sector jobs by 100,000 to 2006 levels.
Much criticism has been levelled at Tim Hudak and his Party for these election promises.
Funny thing is, even Smokey Thomas, head of OPSEU, agrees there are probably 60,000 superfluous management positions in the Provincial bureaucracy.
The Premier is Tim Hudak’s most vocal critic on these promises. She claims reducing the Public Service by 10% will destroy Ontario’s economy.
Yet she has never told the voters what her own government’s Ministry of Finance concluded in a confidential report on the impact of her proposed Ontario Pension Plan. It found that her plan would result in the loss of 150,000 private sector jobs.
Yet she still promises to implement an Ontario Pension Plan.
The million jobs plan has been derided, but even if it is only an aspirational goal some think it is very achievable. Even the Star agrees. One can understand however why a government, which over 8 years has only managed to double the Ontario debt and deficit while destroying over 300,000 jobs in the Province, wouldn’t understand the plan.
The Conservatives have promised to stop signing contracts for more unneeded wind and solar generation, cancel any applications that have not already been approved and re-evaluate, on a case-by-case basis any approved projects that aren’t already connected to the grid.
He would also give municipalities more control over the siting of wind projects:
“If people can have a say about a hot dog stand going in for a Canada Day celebration, shouldn’t they have a say about massive industrial wind turbines in their backyard?” Hudak said.
This is indeed good news to those of us that have been fighting Ontario’s insane energy policy for the past few years – maybe it is an indication that someone in government has listened.
Premier Kathleen Wynne said her government remains committed to its overall plan for renewable energy, including wind power.
Hudak’s campaign is disconcerting:
He’s trusting voters to assess the situation and make their choice based on a full understanding of the options. He evidently believes voters understand the damage that’s been done to the province under the Liberals, and the danger of continuing down that path, and being mature enough to choose between repairing it, or continuing along the same route.
– Kelly McParland
Trusting voters? Telling them what you’re really going to do?
Pretty radical stuff!
On the other hand we have promises that no jobs will be endangered, no impact will be felt, and spending can continue to grow at the same old unsustainable pace, or even increase. In the past decade that’s certainly been the approach to winning elections in the province.
It will be interesting to see whether this faith in Ontario voter’s ability to appreciate the options, and in their maturity is justified.
To many of us, companies and individuals, it will signal whether our future remains in this Province or not.