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May 06, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Tim Hudak defends position on ‘corporate welfare’ for second straight day


For the second day Tory Leader Tim Hudak had to defend his position on so-called corporate welfare.

On Tuesda‎y, Hudak chose to make his standard jobs pitch, including his opposition to government bailouts, at Automatic Coating Limited, which received $50,000 from the federal Conservative government in January.

“I don't blame companies that are trying to get some of their money back,” he said when asked if his organizers were having trouble finding companies that have accepted government funding.

On Monday he made his million jobs pitch at MetalWorks recording studio where founder Gil Moore talked about the importance of provincial funding for the music industry.

Hudak is a staunch opponent of government handouts, saying it's the private sector that creates jobs when taxes are low and electricity prices are reasonable, among other things.

“I've got a clear plan: affordable energy, lower taxes, less government debt, a greater emphasis on the skilled trades,” he told reporters.

In contrast, he said Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne lacks the discipline to create good paying jobs.

“We have a premier who is not focused on the most important thing and that's creating jobs,” the Progressive Conservative leader said.

Hudak said he wakes up every day wondering how to create more jobs, including 200,0000 skilled trades jobs.

However, when asked what Ontario's unemployment rate he could not provide a number‎ at first, only that it was above the national average. On a second go round, he said it was more than 7 per cent.

As of February, the Ontario unemployment rate is 7.3 per cent, above the national average of 6.9 per cent.

Hudak said his plan concentrates on job growth in the private sector.

“If you are looking for somebody who is going to expand the payroll in government, don't look at me,” he said.

Toronto Star

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