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Tories release election platform

Hudak has eyes to end programs put in place by the Liberals

The Tories are taking the scissors to current government programs in their election platform.

The 26-page blue "Million Jobs Plan," not surprisingly, has a heavy focus on job creation - reaffirming what Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak has been pushing for the first week of the campaign.

However, it also plans to end a list of government programs including the 30 per cent tuition grant and the  healthy homes renovation tax credit. The Tories want to freeze the Ontario Childcare Benefit and combine the Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works, which you apply for if you're out of work.

Hudak also reveals ways to get rid of 100,000 public sector jobs: attrition, contracting out jobs and "job reductions."

After criticizing Full Day Kindergarten for the past few years, Hudak plans to continue with a similar program but only have teachers there for half a day. Early childhood educators would take the other half and classes would shrink from 26 to 20 children.

Regular class sizes would increase "modestly."

The Tories wouldn't go through with early childhood educators or ETFO pay increases, either.

Hudak did reveal some numbers on how many education support staff positions he wants to cut: 9,700

The party's platform also outlines plans to lower personal and corporate taxes, increase opportunity for skilled trades  and get universities to increase spots for students in science, technology, business in math. Hudak's plan claims if elected, he party will make sure no student is denied because they don't have money.

The Tories want to expand free trade to other provinces, stressing the lack of free trade means province's are losing out in $50 billion in economic activity.

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 05/14/2014 11:05 AM
    50 bucks is a lot.
    1. Frankie posted on 05/14/2014 11:14 AM
      @Angry Bill The typing errors Newstalk staff frequently make online should be an embarrassment to any legitimate media outlet. It seems to have become worse since Bell took over.
  2. cotrim posted on 05/14/2014 11:15 AM
    we have an opportunity in this coming election to create a new job. Tim Hudak's new consulting practice. let's get out and vote
  3. KG posted on 05/14/2014 11:59 AM
    I like it, With Full employment, we create more tax revenue, then people can provide for themselves in an efficinet mannar and not rely on governemnt to make their spending decisions and even better waste billions on e-health and gas plants
  4. Jack posted on 05/14/2014 12:11 PM
    The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier!
  5. john posted on 05/14/2014 12:26 PM
    Hudak as Premier = DISASTER and only min wage jobs!!!!!!
    1. Jack posted on 05/14/2014 12:35 PM
      @john Provide evidence, any evidence, to back up your claim.

      Meanwhile, judging by their behaviour for the past eleven years, imagine a continued Liberal government, or even worse, an NDP government? Taxes will continue to increase, unions and their associated special interest groups will continue to make larger and larger demands unopposed, businesses will continue to leave, jobs will continue to disappear, and taxpayers will be allowed to keep less and less of their hard-earned paychecks to feed their families.

      The only party with any sense of economic reality is the PCs. The only rational choice for Premier is Tim Hudak.
    2. john posted on 05/15/2014 01:27 PM
      @john okey who is the jerkoff who used my name .

      Kathleen Wynne = hello Detroit
      Kathleen Wynne as premier = hello Detroit


      Hudak for premier Hudak for premier Hudak for premier Hudak for premier Hudak for premier Hudak for premier Hudak for premier Hudak for premier .
  6. JohnVoter posted on 05/14/2014 12:35 PM
    Cutting teacher will ^ the number of cops needed in the future. Instead cut the cops now slowly and bulk up on quality teachers. There wages are comparable
  7. Angry Bill posted on 05/14/2014 12:59 PM
    For you guys wanting to vote liberal, and are complaining about Hudak, make sure you know what you're getting into. If you still choose to vote liberal, well then, you deserve what you get.

    Found this on Facebook earlier:

    "Hudak may or may not be telling the truth.
    The Liberals are proven liars.

    Hudak may or may not run deficits.
    The Liberal deficits are getting bigger.

    Hudak may or may not pay down the debt.
    The Liberals have doubled it.

    Hudak may or may not govern with integrity.
    The Liberals bring in outsiders to delete government computers.

    Hudak may or may not reduce electricity rates.
    The Liberals raised them to most expensive in Canada.

    Hudak's plan may or may not succeed.
    The Liberals are a proven failure.

    It's really a very simple choice this election:
    Status quo and bankruptcy... or Change."

    So how about a little less focus on what you are afraid Hudak MIGHT do, and a little more focus on what the liberals ACTUALLY did?
    1. Focus on This posted on 05/14/2014 06:47 PM
      @Angry Bill To provide some answers to your beliefs:

      Hudak may or may not be telling the truth.
      He thinks Harris was good - either he's a liar or just plain stupid

      Hudak may or may not run deficits.
      He's slash and burn like Harris - it will be deficits like Harris then.


      Hudak may or may not pay down the debt.
      He's Conservative - debt and Conservative consistently go together.

      Hudak may or may not govern with integrity.
      Very possible - but he's just not competent.

      Hudak may or may not reduce electricity rates.
      Won't happen - most of the horrible rates are from Harris / Hudak splitting up Ontario Hydro in the first place.

      Hudak's plan may or may not succeed.
      Slash and burn never has. Just add on the incompetence factor and "success" is the last word to use.

      It's really a very simple choice this election.
      There has NEVER been a successful economy run by the Cons in this province or, for that matter, in this country.
    2. don was right posted on 05/14/2014 10:30 PM
      @Angry Bill No real need to refute anything Focus on said. He is an ignoramous of the highest order, incacapble of seeing the dog sh*t he just stepped in. Like JT he thinks everything done by China is just fine and should be emulated. And all of our jobs shoudl be exported to China. He is a ministry of health employee who spend vacations in Cuba and thinks its just great there too. He drives a Hyundai but thinks auto workers should get paid more here. Need I go on?
  8. ToddK_2 posted on 05/14/2014 01:01 PM
    Dear teamsters, the more you take what you want by your Employer, i.e. us tax payers, the more our cost of living goes up. The Government is no longer a deep hole of cash you can keep taking from. You are already well paid, the government isn't going to bring your wages to minimum wage so start thinking about the big picture for a change (that will never happen) ... but anyway Hudak deserves a shot.
    1. Jack posted on 05/14/2014 01:17 PM
      @ToddK_2 The full picture is downright terrifying.

      A public sector union goes on strike for higher wages, leading to a tax hike. Some trucker notices that his paycheck doesn't go as far as it used to, with the higher taxes, so he talks to his union and they go on strike too. The shipping company forced to employ that union has to raise their rates to compensate for the higher wages they're forced to pay, which starts a ripple effect of rising prices along the entire supply chain of everything they ship; meanwhile, other trucker's unions are going on strike once they hear they're making less than the first union, and various unions in other industries are going on strike based on nothing more than "Why should a trucker be making more money than us?!"

      Prices continue going up and up and up, accelerating all the time from the toxic force of union entitlement. Those price changes hit consumers at the checkout line, some of whom work for public sector unions. Those union members decide they're not making enough to cover the rising cost of living, and go on strike, resulting in higher taxes, resulting in a trucker noticing his paycheck doesn't go as far as it used to.....
  9. Chief posted on 05/14/2014 02:11 PM
    Now we know teachers will be down sized by 9,700.
    Where are the remaining 90,300?
  10. HP posted on 05/14/2014 02:23 PM
    A platform written by The Tea Party...in America they call this The War on the Middle Class. Slash and burn policies failed the corporate sector, why does Hudak think it will work in government?

    People who think this is a good thing should wait until it's implemented, Hudak makes Attila the Hun look like Mother Theresa.
    1. Jack posted on 05/14/2014 02:45 PM
      @HP When I hear "war on the middle class," I immediately think of garbage collectors turning the streets of Toronto into a breeding ground for vermin and disease during the big garbage strike of '09. I think of teachers using children as political pawns, and nurses deciding their union's wishes are more important than patients' lives. I think of transit strikes forcing tens of thousands of families to choose between cab fare to get to work or feeding their families, because they can't afford both.

      I think of how hard public sector unions fight to keep us in chains, slaves to their whims, and I think of the only party willing to fight back and stand up for us. The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier.
    2. Frankie posted on 05/14/2014 03:02 PM
      @HP If current public spending were lean and mean I'd agree that slash and burn would be bad. The Liberals have managed to waste billions of dollars, "steal" over a billion, lie continually, bribe voters, etc. and you support this.

      You (the collective you) must either be a public servant, Liberal politician, a supplier of goods being overpaid by the government, on crack, an idiot, or mentally incompetent if you support the Liberals.

      The Liberals make Bernie Madoff look honest!
  11. ToddK_2 posted on 05/14/2014 03:20 PM
    We need the middle working class not in Unions to come out and knock the Liberals to the streets.
    1. Dean posted on 05/14/2014 03:40 PM
      @ToddK_2 Damn right! We need to show our support for the PCs and Working Canadians (workingcanadians.ca), and get to work fixing eleven years of Liberal damage!
    2. HP posted on 05/14/2014 04:32 PM
      @ToddK_2 75% of the Middle Class are in the Middle Class because they either belong to unions or are paid union scale. That's not accounting for the professionals like doctors, lawyers, dentists, etc. who are in the Middle Class by working for union members or those that are paid union scale.

      Eliminate the Beer Store Unions, public sector unions, electricians, plumbers, and all skilled trades, manufacturing unions, law enforcement, first responders, etc. and you end up with people making minimum wage or on welfare. They don't generate a lot of GDP, they actually consume more than they produce.

      Don't people think before they post anymore?
  12. dama posted on 05/14/2014 04:56 PM
    Jobs, jobs and more jobs.. Tim Hudak for Premier..
    it cant be any worst than the current Liberal..

    Give PC a chance..

    I just hope he will do..what he preaches.. like Rob Ford..
  13. john posted on 05/15/2014 01:48 PM
    why is it that brain dead liberal voters are using the lame ass mike Harris excuse . that is so old

    1th Hurricane Hazel first pet was a dinosaur !

    2nd t rex roamed the earth .

    3rd armys still use bows and arrows

    4th older then rocks .

    the grand canyon was made

    the pyramids were built

    i could go on but i think u get the point .

    if wanna use a excuse try to make a new one cause this one is getting old .
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