Campaign trail: Coalition talk and Hudak's math questioned

Leaders weigh in with 16 days to go until voting day

The Premier isn't ruling out the possibility of a coalition government if the Progressive Conservatives win a minority on June 12th.

However, Kathleen Wynne treaded lightly, underlining the province won't know the make-up of the legislature until election day. She says she'll work as hard as she can to get her plan out there.

Wynne says she's demonstrated that she can work in a minority parliament.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath also says she can't guess what Ontarians will decide in 16 days. She stresses that whatever decision they make it will be the right decision.

This comes as Tory leader Tim Hudak tries to defend the math of his Million Jobs Plan, with some economists claiming he over-stated the amount of positions he can create.

Hudak says numbers could fluctuate.

Western University business professor Paul Boothe wrote in Maclean's that math errors means the party counted the same new position eight times. He also suggested the Tory's also may have considered how long a person was employed as different jobs. That means if you've been holding the same position for eight years, it would count as eight jobs.

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  1. Sonny posted on 05/28/2014 02:19 PM
    It is believable Hudak will cut 100,000 jobs; some through attriction. It is unbelievable that he will then create 1,000,000 jobs...
  2. tanjo posted on 05/28/2014 02:52 PM
    Hey wait. Does that mean he is only cutting 12,500 jobs from the public sector ?
  3. Frankie posted on 05/28/2014 03:22 PM
    We're very familiar with Liberal math - "steal" $ 1 Billion then make out like a hero by returning $ 8 Million in food cards.
  4. Jack posted on 05/28/2014 04:21 PM
    Even if the numbers were overstated, the PC plan is still the only plan that will stimulate our economy by creating private sector jobs. The Liberal and NDP plans will only push more businesses out of Ontario while giving costly handouts to union members and special interest groups.

    Ontario cannot afford another left-wing government. We need to start living within our means. The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier.
    1. Sonny posted on 05/28/2014 07:07 PM
      @Jack Hudak is a smarmy leader. On this radio station the PCs run ads about someone losing a job blaming Wynne. With Hudak tooting his "million jobs PLAN" at the end.
      The thing is people will lose jobs under Premier Hudak
    2. Jack posted on 05/28/2014 07:11 PM
      @Sonny 100,000 public sector workers will not be replaced when they retire under Premier Hudak, if that's what you mean. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of jobs will be created, getting people off of welfare (reducing government spending) and into the workforce (increased tax revenue without another tax hike).

      But go ahead, doom us all to economic ruin under the Liberals because you think Hudak is "smarmy." That's a perfectly logical way to behave.
  5. don was right posted on 05/28/2014 04:51 PM
    So Libs today say they are cutting $500 million in govt costs, NDP say $600 million. At $100,000 per civil servant, that means they will be cutting 5,000 staff at leats. Does anybody know?
  6. Walter posted on 05/28/2014 05:56 PM
    Hudak wants to balance the budget, eliminating the $11.5B deficit in 2 years.

    The Liberals want to balance the budget in 3 years - but they will first raise the deficit to $12.5B and then eliminate that in 2 years. Why has no one questioned the Liberal math.
    1. Alex posted on 05/28/2014 10:13 PM
      @Walter Choices are slim this election. I feel the worst is Tim Hudak since his plans will destroy Ontario working families.

      Vote John Tory mayor of Toronto!
    2. tanjo posted on 05/29/2014 12:05 AM
      @Alex The best thing right now is no change. This will trigger an PC Leadership review and hopefully a true leader for Ontario.

      Honestly, they should have a Leadership review anyway. The fact that Hudak and the PCs are not running away with this election is screaming volumes.
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