TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario leaders debate will begin in
a few hours. Tim Hudak will be clutching the same old talking points -
the ones he has made up. So, to save some time here are the fact
checks on Hudak's fantasies, smears and lies.
eHealth: Hudak will say $1 Billion was wasted on Liberal consultants.
TRUTH: The Auditor General says Hudak is "going too far" on his claims of
money wasted, and that much of the money spent "is going to turn out
to... benefit taxpayers." (Standing Committee on Public Accounts,
October 21, 2009) He goes on to say that he looked at allegations of
party politics playing any role and concluded "we saw no evidence of
this." (eHealth Report, Page 11)
In fact, the Auditor points out the program started under the PC
government without any real plan of action. Ontario Liberals turned it
around and today, 7 million Ontarians have electronic records and all
hospital diagnostic testing is digital. (Toronto Star, August 31, 2011)
Carbon Tax: Hudak will say a carbon tax is coming.
TRUTH: There is no carbon tax proposal. (National Post, September 22, 2011) In fact, Ontario Liberals are the only party who
will not raise taxes. The NDP have a $9 billion tax hike on job
creators. And Tim Hudak has pledged to hike property taxes by dumping
new costs on cities and ripping up a signed agreement to take back
costs from municipalities that the PCs dumped on them last time.
HST: Hudak will call it a "greedy tax grab."
TRUTH: Hudak once authored a Legislative report that called for the HST.
(Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, Pre-Budget Report 2009, page 13) Then as soon as it was introduced (and supported by the
federal Conservatives), Hudak opposed it. But now he's campaigning on
keeping it. Oh, and he'll keep the Health Premium too.
Newcomer Training: Hudak will condemn a "$10,000 affirmative action program" and he may
even call Canadians "foreigners" or "foreign workers" and claim
Liberals did first.
TRUTH: The Premier said on CP24 on September 6th that the No Skills Left Behind Training Credit would apply to Canadian
Citizens. Hudak repeated his "foreign worker" slag for at least 6 more
days. (Globe and Mail, September 14, 2011). And his candidates continue to use divisive
language. (Ottawa Citizen, September 27, 2011) Hudak is also trying to ignore the fact that he
introduced legislation that offered wage subsidies to hire newcomers, but had no requirement
Debt Retirement Charge: Hudak will say the debt is paid off and can magically come off hydro
TRUTH: The Auditor General doesn't agree. And even Hudak's staff admitted
they are making this up. "In their hastily convened counter-briefing
yesterday, the Tories tried to explain everything... they had a hard
time justifying the removal of the DRC from hydro bills (acknowledging
that the debt is still there.)" (Toronto Star, June 22, 2011)
Clean Energy Jobs: Hudak will pretend clean energy jobs don't exist.
TRUTH: Clean energy jobs are here, and more are being created across the
province. But Hudak is intent on killing them. (London Free Press, September 14, 2011)
Have Not: Hudak will say Ontario is now a have-not province.
TRUTH: Former Premier Bill Davis said he doesn't agree that Ontario has
slipped to being a have-not province simply because it qualifies for
federal equalization payments. "The reality is that (Ontario) is still
economically the best province. Just ask any new person coming to
Canada — 50% of them come to the province of Ontario. Why? Because this
is where they see the future... in terms of opportunity and in terms of
educational system, the health care system, I think we're still Number
1." (Owen Sound Sun Times, August 23, 2011)
Small Business: Hudak will claim to have a plan for small businesses
TRUTH: Ontario Liberals have already done everything on Hudak's list,
including eliminating 80,000 regulations. And the Ontario Liberal Plan
goes one step further, cutting small business taxes further. "There
is, however, no mention of tax reductions for small business in the PC
platform." (Globe and Mail, September 18, 2011)
That's just a beginning. We're sure there will be more. Follow @OLPWire
on Twitter for real-time fact checks during tonight's debate
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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