KINGSTON, ONT. - The Progressive Conservatives’ pledge to scrap grants for companies doing business in Ontario would jeopardize jobs, warns Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne.
Campaigning at Transformix Engineering, a local robotics manufacturer that received $178,000 in 2011 from the province’s Eastern Ontario Development Fund to help create 20 full-time positions, Wynne stressed government has a role to play in helping business.
“That’s the kind of strategic investment that I believe is necessary and must continue if we are going to allow businesses like Transformix to expand,” she said Friday.
“Being here at Transformix illustrates what is at stake in this election.”
Wynne blasted Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath for opposing last week’s budget (which triggered the June 12 election), a cornerstone of which was a new $2.5-billion 10-year “jobs and prosperity fund.”
Hudak has criticized such initiatives as “corporate welfare” and says the best thing the government can do for business is lower corporate tax rates and reduce bureaucratic red tape that is a barrier to growth.
The Liberal leader will spend Friday touring companies here and in Trenton and Pickering that have received government handouts to boost employment.
“We’re in a global competition to attract and keep innovative businesses,” she said.
Her comments came the same day as Statistics Canada announced Ontario created an additional 25,800 full-time jobs last month.
“It’s a wonderful thing that we have, as a province, been able to foster and create that many . . . full-time jobs. So I’m thrilled about that.”