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PC Leader Tim Hudak sticks with downsizing pledge

By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/Toronto Sun)

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/Toronto Sun)

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is sticking with his promise to cut 100,000 public sector positions even as he faces the possibility of leading a minority government.

“It’s not a matter of balancing the books now or balancing the books three or four years later,” Hudak said. “It’s now or it’s not going to happen. We have to move with some urgency here to actually get spending under control.”

Polling has consistently shown that the province is heading to another minority government, although it’s not clear which party would emerge on top.

All three major political leaders are being peppered with questions about whether they’re willing to enter into a coalition with another party to form government and drive a legislative agenda.

Hudak visited a housing construction site in Brampton Monday where he said his focus is to create jobs through lower business taxes, less red tape and smaller government.

Under his plan, the size of the broader public sector would shrink to 1.1 million from 1.2 million over four years, he said.

“I think it’s very fair and reasonable to say that we can downsize the size and cost of government,” Hudak said.

Hudak’s campaign platform has earned him the wrath of multiple unions, including those representing firefighters and OPP officers, who have lined up against him in a large advertising campaign.

“You can’t watch Hockey Night in Canada without being bombarded by negative ads,” Hudak said.

 

 

 


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