Well, well, well. Put out a positive plan to create jobs in Ontario and mainstream media journalists like Grant LaFleche put it down by calling it pixie dust and magical thinking. Talk about cynicism and pessimism! What are the Ontario PCs supposed to do, just roll over and let the NDP and Liberal naysayers continue to ruin Ontario?
Well, thankfully, Tim Hudak responded to LaFleche almost immediately. I think the key point in Hudak’s rebuttal is the following:
“As an economist, former minister in three different economic portfolios and now the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader, I know the only way for the economy to produce more jobs with better take-home pay is for the government to create the right environment for job creation. That’s why I put forward fresh ideas in my Million Jobs Act. This legislation focuses on the fundamentals of lower taxes and less debt, freer trade and more skilled workers, fewer regulations and affordable energy prices. It is grounded in facts and the confidence that with a long-term plan, we can put Ontario on the right track.”
I hadn’t read LaFleche’s article when I wrote my post yesterday, using the Stats Can numbers to prove that creating a million jobs over 8 years COULD be done because the Harris era PCs had done just that between 1995 and 2003. And, remember, the Harris PCs came to power at the end of a severe recession. So, I was surprised to read LaFleche’s sarcastic comment:
“Hudak claims about a million Ontarians are unemployed. (Stats Can reports the figure to be just south of 600,000. A huge number, but significantly less than what Hudak claims, using what amounts to voodoo math.) And he claims he can create just as many jobs. I don’t have a degree in mathology per se, but even I can subtract a million from a million. Hudak is essentially claiming he can wipe out unemployment in Ontario if we would only elect him. Twice.
Just how stupid do we look, Tim?”
Look, no one can guarantee one million jobs. But, even if only 100,000 were created over a term, is that a bad thing? I mean, we are hemorrhaging jobs now. Is a million jobs act and plan such an impossibility? Pixie dust? Magical thinking? I mean, ask the person who is currently unemployed and I am sure they will tell you that trying to put government policies into place that would create the conditions for new full-time jobs is certainly not a stupid plan.
So, what is the alternative? As Mike Moffat (an economist at the University of Western Ontario) wrote about the Kathleen Wynn job plan, not a single job would be created under the Liberals and the NDP (other than more unaffordable union public sector government jobs).
The crux of the matter is that, apart from LaFleche’s naysaying and put down, I would vote for a political leader and party that actually has a jobs plan and in Ontario’s case, its Tim Hudak and his PCs.