Hudak Confused, Confounded and Contradictory on the Economy (Again)

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Today PC Leader Tim Hudak showed once again he doesn't have anything new to say, and has no substance when it comes to our economy and creating jobs.

Today's talking point is about increased government investments for all things like hospitals, nurses, schools and stimulus infrastructure spending to help recover from the recession.

So what would Hudak do?  Good question.  His platform says he'll spend just as much, and sometimes he says more.

At the same time, he has a $14 billion hole and is promising cuts, he just won't say where or how.

What Hudak doesn't understand, or doesn't want to know, is that government spending went up - federally as well as provincially - because every level of government was preoccupied with stimulating an economy that had been battered by a brutal global recession.  It was not only the right thing to do - it worked.

The Conference Board of Canada says stimulus infrastructure investments created and saved 70,000 jobs.

That's not all.  Hudak's own federal leader, Stephen Harper, was enthusiastically supportive of stimulus spending, as was his government. Economists felt likewise.

So, when everyone, at every level of government, was working together to boost our economy, what was Tim Hudak doing?  When stimulus programs were saving all of us from economic ruin, what were Hudak and his cabal up to?

They were voting against stimulus and the jobs that came with it.  Tim Hudak complained it was "too much". They were inserting their collective heads in the sand, ostrich-like, and pretending that nothing was happening.

Government spending went up post-recession, as everyone - from a Conservative Prime Minister to conservative economists - argued that it should.  But Hudak didn't understand that.

Ontario needs a leader like Dalton McGuinty, who will bring Ontario forward, together.  We don't need Tim Hudak, who wants us to move ever-backward, divided.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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