Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne has issued a challenge to Tory Leader Tim Hudak to come up with one independent economist who will endorse his million jobs plan.
In a letter to Hudak released Thursday, Wynne said he should come clean with taxpayers that the job creation plan is “fatally flawed and wholly misleading.”
“As you are aware, a number of the most respected economists in the country, including Paul Boothe, Jim Stanford, Mike Moffatt, Scott Clark and Peter DeVries (say) that your calculations for job creation are grossly inflated by a basic arithmetic error,” she said.
After touring a culinary class at Centennial College, Wynne launched a lengthy attack on the Progressive Conservative jobs creation platform.
“Somewhere along the way he made a very serious mistake in math. As a result, his plan is a fiction … it’s a complete and utter fiction. It won’t create jobs, it will actually cost Ontarians jobs,” she told reporters, adding that Hudak’s plan “has been called a ‘fiasco and a bag of wind … bogus and utter nonsense.’ ”
Wynne said what’s even more disquieting is the fact that Hudak in the face of all this criticism won’t admit that he counted person years of employment as jobs created.
“Those jobs are not real. He got the math wrong. So the people of Ontario have to ask themselves what happens when those job don’t materialize,” she said.
She noted that Hudak has already said he would slash 100,000 jobs from the public sector, “so he is going to have cut deeper . . . into eduction, he will have to cut deeper into health care.
“He will have to cut more jobs and fire more people. It’s not Tim Hudak who will have to pay the price for his math error. It’s you. It’s your family, it’s your community . . . who would have to pay for this mistake.”
Wynne said it’s time for Hudak to come clean before Tuesday’s leaders’ debate.
“In the interest of the people of Ontario I challenge Mr. Hudak to produce one qualified independent economist who agrees with his position that person years of employment are the same as permanent jobs,” he said.
She said failing that, “I call on Mr. Hudak to admit his mistake and to redraft his plan so next Tuesday at the debate we can have a real discussion about real proposals to for how to move Ontario forward,” she said.