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On the campaign trail: Wait times, new Canadian jobs and farm funding

Provincial leaders tour Toronto and South Western Ontario

There was no long weekend break for the provincial leaders, and the Tuesday after the holiday was no exception.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath stood on the front lawn of Queen's Park, hospital row at her back, vowing to slice ER wait-times in half. Horwath says this will be done by hiring 250 new nurses, setting up 50 new 24-hour clinics, giving a five-day home care guarantee and creating 1,400 more long-term spaces.

Horwath says the four-year plan will cost $205 million for each of the first two years and $215 million for each of the last two. She says the spending is feasible and will be laid out in her party's platform. She claims it will be released "soon."

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak was in Toronto's east end, outlining plans to attract more new Canadians to the province. Hudak says he wants immigrants to be able to work in their chosen careers rather than "placeholder jobs."

He points specifically to what he calls an underutilized government program which allows people to be nominated for permanent residents status when they have a job offer in Ontario.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was on a farm in Paris, promising to give $40 million a year for 10 years to farmers to help them buy machinery and equipment.

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  1. Mark posted on 05/20/2014 12:21 PM
    When will people get it through their thick heads. Nothing any liberal says is the truth. Liberal's lie through their teeth and will say anything to get elected. This liberal campaign is empty of ideas and nothing will change if these corrupt incompetent clowns are re-elected. With these idiots in power Ontario is doomed with a 300+ billion dollar debt, rich teachers, and the rest of the province struggling to get by while we pay the interest on the debt.

    Liberals will destroy this province unless we destroy them.

    Lets crush the Libranos at this election and give the Cons a majority.
    1. Jack posted on 05/20/2014 12:53 PM
      @Mark Absolutely, a big Blue majority to start fixing eleven years of Liberal damage!

      The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier!
  2. Ken posted on 05/20/2014 12:32 PM
    McWynne-bag/McGuinty has no plan, is no leader and simply a yakking blah-blah windbag!

    Why don't the liebranos just give every one that votes for them $1,000 - in a plain brown bag! It would be cheaper than all the lies and promises they have been making in desperation so far. A quick 2.2 million votes would only cost the have-not province of Greecetario another borrowed $2.2 billion. Heck, that's just a moved gas plant or two between friends!

    After they pay the voters, they can always delete the thank you emails!
  3. Dean posted on 05/20/2014 12:37 PM
    Look, it's simple: The absolute worst outcome of this election would be if the Liberals got elected. We'd be in the same position as Greece and Detroit in about five years. Electing the NDP is a close runner-up. The only clear way forward is the PC party.

    But I get it, not everyone feels like they can trust Tim Hudak. You're wrong, but maybe you feel like that anyway. Read the Million Jobs Plan, and find out exactly how voting PC will benefit you and your family; if you're still not convinced, then just do all of Ontario a favour and vote Green, or Independent, or any fringe protest party you want, just as long as it's not Liberal.

    Any Liberal supporters, please feel free to tell us which public sector union you belong to and why you feel the Liberals are doing such a great job.
  4. Dean posted on 05/20/2014 12:53 PM
    For those union members who are planning to vote Liberal, I should also remind you of two things:

    1) Your union boss has NO LEGAL RIGHT to decide who you vote for, or to come behind the ballot screen with you to make sure you do it. Nobody does.

    2) You do know where your salary comes from, right? Our taxes. When the Liberals finish their plan to make it impossible for businesses to operate here at a profit, those businesses will leave and take their jobs with them. How do you expect to collect your ever-increasing salaries from the tax money of people who have no income to begin with? Voting Liberal, or NDP even, is NOT in your best interests.
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