Economist Reviews Cartoonish PC Platform

Misleading, Incorrect, Inaccurate, Dishonest, False

TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Tim Hudak has been pathetically avoiding submitting his election platform to a review by a trained economist.  But now a leading Canadian economist has taken a look and concluded it is "misleading", "incorrect", "inaccurate" and "false".

Jim Stanford of the Centre for Policy Alternatives issued a damning analysis of Hudak's election platform.  He concluded, "[The PC Platform shows] a consistent pattern of misleading visual presentation in those graphs, including a lack of quantitative proportion in graph objects, mis- labeling and/or arbitrary and/or inconsistent scaling in graph axes, inadequate or incorrect sourcing, and other fundamental flaws."

For example, Stanford says the 'debt doubling' chart is virtually made up. "It is not clear at all what measure of debt, nor what source of data for the debt, is incorporated within this graph... [it is] misleading in the extreme."

Stanford goes on to conclude that Hudak's platform is based on "hand drawn graphs based on invented data" that "are more like cartoons than actual graphs" and represent a "pattern of systematic dishonesty... [that] should give Ontarians ample reason to the question the integrity and goals of the group that designed and published it."

Only Ontario Liberals have had an independent economist sign off on the assumptions and data in their plan.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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Ontario Liberal Media Office
416-961-3800 x 328

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