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Campaign trail: Attacks and jobs promises

Leader tour Southern Ontario

Jobs, taxes and the Prime Minister.

That's what the party leaders focused on as they toured southern Ontario on Thursday.

The Premier took aim at Prime Minister Stephen Harper, claiming he's ignoring Ontario's needs. Kathleen Wynne says she's the only one of the provincial leaders that will act as an advocate for residents. She maintains Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak won't talk tough to Ottawa.

Wynne points to federal cuts of transfer payments to Ontario and lack of Canadian Pension reform. She also says Ottawa isn't helping with Ring of Fire investment.

In Vaughan, Hudak continued to push his Million Jobs Plan but this time, revealed 200,000 of those jobs would be in the skilled trades.

Hudak was surrounded by workers in hard hats when he repeated calls to change apprenticeship rules to allow more of them to train at companies. He wants a one-to-one ration with full-time workers.

The Progressive Conservative leader also vowed not to raise any taxes if elected premier.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath promised a job creation tax credit for any business that hires and trains local workers.

That tax credit would cover 10 per cent of the salary of new employees, maxing out at $5,000 per person and $100,000 per business.

Horwath was in Niagara.

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  1. arthur posted on 05/08/2014 11:28 AM
    I'm pretty sure none of the people in the photo op above will vote for him.
    they're all probably part of a construction labour group and received an hour off from work with coffee and donuts supplied to agree to be in the pic.
    Tim looks like he's going to start dancing. haha the guy on the right with his arms crossed looks like he's asleep. zzz...
  2. john posted on 05/08/2014 12:58 PM
    will if u don't mined loosing your job . high utility bills . the fact there is a youg girl who need med to live and some jack off will not give her the meds to survive . yet thay got the balls to scruw us for the gas power plaint . orange ETC . yea go ahead vote liberal and loose your jobs . sit your ass on welfare and wounder why the money has not been put into your account for the next 3 months . let u starve to death . meanwhile i would have moved out when to a province that has tones of jobs . run a million dollar company with a tones of people working for me . but ever . u cant always depend on the government if u did u would end up like the homeless people in Toronto .
    1. tanjo posted on 05/08/2014 01:47 PM
      @john Increasing the ratio of apprentice to full time workers basically means a fully trained, skilled worker's job would get replaced by an apprentice.

      Or am I reading this wrong ?
    2. john's uncle posted on 05/08/2014 01:51 PM
      @john Just pray that those tons of jobs don't require you to be able to read or write.
    3. Bob posted on 05/08/2014 02:21 PM
      @john very immature and unhelpful to mention things like any political party or any leader doesn't want people to survive.
      your showing your intelligence
    4. john posted on 05/08/2014 03:37 PM
      @Bob one word

      Detroit
  3. Angry Bill posted on 05/08/2014 02:24 PM
    The apprenticeship system, as it is right now, is broke. Sure, it looks good on paper to say just make more apprentices and they will all go into the trades, and make tons of money. The reality is a wee bit different, though.

    There are hoops, requirements, and red tape associated with this. And don't forget unions. Employers know what they can get away with, and will do so. In x number of years, you will get to move up to journeyman and be eligible to be paid at a higher rate.. So what do the employers do? 2 weeks before you have put in the required number of hours, they lay you off and hire a new apprentice. They aren't interested in paying you a higher wage.

    My daughter's boyfriend tried the trades. He loved it.. Loves working with his hands. He went to school for it, and got hired as an apprentice. They treated him like crap, abused him, yelled at him, and he took it. Unlike most young kids, this kid had a sense of responsibility. After we finally persuaded him to leave that place and move on, they yelled at him again for being irresponsible, and to not expect a letter of recommendation from them. Now, he's graduated with top marks from the GIS program at Niagara College, and is looking for work.

    This is the sort of thing that Hudak is not considering. The ENTIRE apprenticeship program in Ontario needs a serious reworking, from the ground up. It is broken. Completely, beyond repair, broken. Throw it out the window entirely, and start over. And do it right, this time.
  4. Alex posted on 05/08/2014 09:45 PM
    Ok...instead of trying to impress us wit the quantity of your jobs promised (one million I believe) how about clarifying the quality of these one million jobs?

    Are they good paying permanent full time jobs with benefits?
    Are they temp jobs with little or no future?
    Are they low paying low benefit part time jobs?

    How do you plan on measuring the success of these jobs if you don't clarify what they are?
    1. David posted on 05/08/2014 09:52 PM
      @Alex It will be easy to compare the success of Hudaks plan vs Wynnes plan. Hudak is aiming to create 1 million jobs, Wynne is aiming to push every manufacturing company out of the province. But don't worry, she will just tax (or should I say revenue tool) whatever poor stiffs are remaining.
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