Tim Hudak’s jobs plan would kill green jobs

 The PC leader’s pledge to end subsidies to wind and solar power would kill thousands of jobs in Ontario’s newest manufacturing sector — green energy.

Toronto Star
March 05 2014

It’s no secret that Ontario needs to create jobs. Our unemployment rate is too high. But it’s very strange to suggest that job creation can be accomplished by killing jobs that people actually have today. And yet, that is exactly what Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak proposed in his jobs plan, which he tabled in the legislature last week.

In addition to some drastic cuts to public sector jobs, Hudak’s pledge to end subsidies to wind and solar power would have the effect of killing thousands of jobs in Ontario’s newest manufacturing sector — green energy.

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Tim Hudak retakes the anti-union pulse of Ontario

Toronto Star
March 4, 2014

By renouncing the Rand Formula, did Tim Hudak forgo a winning formula for the next election?
A fascinating poll by Forum Research shows the remarkable vulnerability of unions in Ontario. And helps explain why the Tory leader spent two years targeting them.

The Rand Formula requires everyone in a unionized workplace to pay union dues, whether or not they join. Without the cash flow, unions couldn’t pay their way, which is why Hudak has long wanted to cut off their fiscal lifeline.

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As Tim Hudak learned, the era of union bashing has run out of steam

The Globe and Mail
March 03 2014

Eighteen months ago, Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives planted a very provocative flag in the ground of Canada’s labour relations landscape, with a proposal to implement U.S.-style restrictions on unions (including a prohibition on dues check-off, known euphemistically in America as “right to work”). But suddenly and surprisingly, just as debate over the idea was really heating up, Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak abandoned the plan. Speaking to business leaders in Toronto last week, he pledged to preserve current rules (codified in the famous Rand Formula) if he wins the next election.

Conservative strategists hoped their labour policy would be an effective wedge issue in the next campaign. It allowed the Conservatives to capitalize on public enmity about union fat-cats, pensions, and strikes. And it could cleave the electorate neatly between union-haters (owned by the Tories) and union-lovers (split between Liberals and the NDP).

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