POLL: Tory jobs plan isn't resonating

61 per cent of Ontarians oppose PC plan to slash the civil service by 100,000 employees

The Tories "Million Jobs Plan" is not resonating amongst voters - specifically the part about cutting 100,000 public sector jobs.

That's according to the latest Ipsos Reid poll for Newstalk 1010's Bell Media partners CTV and CP 24.

The survey shows only one in three people believe the Progressive Conservatives plan to create one million jobs is credible, the rest don't. A whopping 61 per cent of Ontarians oppose his plan to slash the civil service by 100,000 employees, with 39 per cent supporting the plan to bring government employment levels back to 2009 levels.

If you break that down even further, 80 per cent of PC voters support the job cuts but only 18 per cent of Liberals and 20 per cent of NDP supporters do.

As for what area of the province is most against the cuts, 70 per cent of those in the North do. In Toronto, 46 per cent of voters are against the idea. In the 905, 55 per cent are.

Senior VP of Ipsos Reid John Wright  says it's in the Premier's best interests to go after her opponents hard, noting she should keep up the pressure on Hudak but also make sure the Liberals don't bleed support to the NDP.

The poll also shows the Tories don't have an advantage when it comes to economic credibility. Of those polled on which party has the best economic platform, 29 per cent of Ontarians believe its the PCs, 28 per cent say the Liberals, and 26 per cent give a nod to the NDP.

Wright says despite the opposition to his Jobs policy Hudak may still become premier yet: 72 per cent of those polled believe it is time for a new government to take over at Queen's Park

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  1. Dean posted on 05/23/2014 01:50 PM
    Look, it's simple. The Liberal and NDP plans will turn Ontario into an even more hostile business environment than it already is. That means fewer jobs, fewer people working, and less tax revenue to fund their beloved public sector anyway. Nobody wins.

    The PC plan gets our debt paid off, our government to a more manageable size, more people off welfare and into paying jobs, and therefore contributing to tax revenue.

    So, do you want 100k people to lose their jobs temporarily, or for everyone in the province to lose their jobs permanently? It's not a hard decision. Vote PC, you'll be glad you did and so will everyone else.
    1. Pete posted on 05/23/2014 02:06 PM
      @Dean Except that Hudaks plan won't create a million jobs and probably won't pay down the debt either. Every economist I've seen comment on this million jobs plan is dismissing it. And no, "everyone in the province" won't lose their jobs if the Liberals or NDP get in. Don't be overdramatic.

      I'm generally a conservative but they need to dump this Hudak ASAP and replace him with somebody that knows what they are doing. They should have replaced him after he lost to McGuinty at the lowest point of his popularity. Now he will probably lose again to Wynne. The PCs could replace him with a potato and get a bump in the polls. Nobody wants a Wal-Mart manager as premier.
    2. ernie posted on 05/23/2014 07:34 PM
      @Pete And you think the NDP or Liberals can create 1 millio jobs. Laughs uncontrolably!
  2. john posted on 05/23/2014 02:33 PM
    i got one question the people who where responded to the poll members or relatives of union members ? it seems to me thats the only way it was not resonating amongst voters . i like to see the details of that survey before i bleave it . u know what thay say the devil is in the details .
    1. Bob posted on 05/23/2014 03:50 PM
      @john speak of the devil. Hudak should wear a hat. his horns are starting to show
  3. arthur posted on 05/23/2014 03:47 PM
    i thought for sure people would be ok with having their jobs taken from them. I'm really surprised these people aren't on board with Mr. Hudak
    1. Dean posted on 05/23/2014 04:07 PM
      @arthur Have you even read the plan? The PC platform is all about creating jobs.
    2. HP posted on 05/23/2014 04:32 PM
      @Dean The PC platform would create an economic Armageddon in Ontario. Keep in mind that Ontario is now a "have-not" province, it has nothing left to build on.

      The promised 100,000 job cuts would eliminate 150,000 related jobs which would have a negative impact on further jobs.

      We know that politicians need to make really stupid promises as part of their election campaigns but Hudak's is outright insanity. He needs to get someone with an understanding of economics 101 on his campaign, someone with at least a basic understanding of fiscal and monetary policy and their impact on the economy. Sadly, some very ignorant voters actually support his stupidity.
    3. Dean posted on 05/23/2014 04:40 PM
      @HP Even if your doomsday prophecy came true, what's the alternative? Wynne and Horwath both plan to make this province even LESS appealing to the businesses we rely on for our income, resulting in a much larger loss of jobs than if the PC plan completely flopped. Which it won't, by the way.
    4. HP posted on 05/23/2014 05:04 PM
      @Dean The only alternative would be a soft landing. The provincial government has very little wiggle room and must rely on the federal government to maintain a fiscal and monetary policy that balances interest rates, taxation, and monetary supply to create a positive business environment. Companies will create jobs if they see a sustainable federal policies, Ontario can only do a very little bit.

      The province needs to raise taxes, reduce some services, but after a 10 year hiring freeze and management wage freeze that McGuinty instituted, the civil service is very lean, most departments have been backfilling for years, many front line people wear too many hats and move to new assignments every few months. There's very little to cut in the public sector, especially when most of the newer employees are single moms, disabled, minorities, and aboriginals because of previous hiring policies...after 25 years of affirmative action the civil service is now made up of the most vulnerable.

      Cutting over 100,000 public sector jobs would lead to chaos...businesses will close, unemployment will skyrocket, welfare roles will rise, housing will be hit hard, especially outside urban areas.

      A good example is the town of Meaford...the federal government cut hundreds of civilian jobs at the army base a few years ago...the housing market collapsed, people had to move to find jobs, many companies closed, welfare became a growth industry. Same thing happened in Hillsdale when Ontario closed the "boot camp" for young offenders...houses stand empty, half the people moved.

      Hidak is careful.
    5. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 05/24/2014 12:12 PM
      @Dean I have read the plan provided on the PC Party website. As far as I can see, its all smoke and mirrors with a heaping helping of wishful thinking. No substance to it so its not much of a plan at all. Hence, the reason its not resonating.
  4. Tony Guy posted on 05/28/2014 01:37 PM
    Hudak is losing his way and possibly alienating many of us fiscal conservatives. His obfuscation and lack of intellect is obvious Given the Liberal record of spending scandals this should be his election to lose, given his lacklustre performance he will succeed! We may be in for bigger and better tax and spend scandals.
    1. Jack posted on 05/28/2014 01:47 PM
      @Tony Guy Lack of intellect? Look at the Liberal and NDP platforms, where the "best case scenario" involves more debt, more unemployment, and more costly handouts to special interest groups. Then come back and tell us who's suffering from a lack of intellect.

      The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier.
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