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Your #voteon narrative for today: not good for opposition parties.

Your one narrative that is going around the media and which Premier Wynne has decided to target extensively today: Tim Hudak’s bungled million jobs plan numbers:

..Based on a backgrounder distributed by the Progressive Conservatives to journalists, but not posted on their website, it is clear that the planners confused person-years of employment with permanent jobs. This confusion led them to vastly overestimate the effect of their proposed job-creating measures. The result was that the half million jobs the Progressive Conservatives were promising to create with their plan (base-case economic growth was expected to provide the other half-million jobs) was really only about 75,000 (ST: my highlight) —fewer than the 100,000 public-sector jobs they were pledging to eliminate.

I’ve mused that it would be good timing for the Ontario Liberals to point out the bungled jobs plan in new TV/Radio ads, but perhaps they feel it might be too hard to explain, or that they’ll leave the media to skewer the jobs plan of Hudak.. but Premier Wynne talking about this at her rallies/press conferences is a good effective start to continue to hilight it.

The other highlight? The Ontario NDP being accused of trying to out-Conservative the Conservatives (and I’m purposely removing the “Progressive” part of their name for the rest of the campaign, but that’s another story):

Here is a province that, like the whole country, has a poverty challenge, something that used to be a staple of New Democratic discourse. Yet the provincial NDP all but ignores this challenge. It won’t touch income inequality, or have much to offer about trying to lift up the disadvantaged. Instead, it frets about gas prices and home heating oil and hydro rates for everyone, presumably because, like the other parties, it is now fixated on the ill-defined “middle class.” What is the NDP for if not to use government to achieve social purposes, rather than chatter on about “waste” and “duplication” and big public-sector salaries and fat-cat consultants? These are tired staples of anti-government rhetoric destined to turn voters against the idea that government is a responsible custodian of taxpayers’ dollars. No wonder dissident NDPers have gone public with their dismay at the party’s platform.

I’m not saying the Ontario Liberals have run a great campaign (a good campaign I think), but their task of being returned to government is being made a lot easier by the campaign tactics and mistakes of their 2 opponents. I’m not surprised at Hudak bungling things; he has a track record of doing that. I’m more surprised at Horwath’s tactics. She and her party were out-manoeuvred on the Budget, and chose to force an election over a very progressive Budget. Now she’s trying to pitch for the Conservative vote? I’m not sure that’s going to work – the polls so far would indicate the same thing.

1 comment to Your #voteon narrative for today: not good for opposition parties.

  • billg

    A 300 billion dollar debt, a 12 billion dollar yearly deficit, and, 11 billion dollars paid out every year to service what we’ve borrowed. The highest growing expense in Ontario is the interest we pay to borrow money. Ya, lets talk about anything else but that. Tim Hudak is a very bad politician, he’s fake and my skin crawls when he speaks, but, he’s the only one talking about this. Wynne will be the next Premier, but, in 2 years there will be another Mike Harris, there will have to be, the bond holders will downgrade the province and up the interest rate. Its ironic, you guys run the economic car into the ditch then complain about Mike Harris the tow truck driver being rude when he pulls it out.
    In the next 10 years im guessing 150,000 PS jobs will be lost, Im guessing PS pensions will be modified to a level that will be affordable, Im guessing this because basic math is hard to avoid.
    Either the OLP is willing to take this on or, another Mike Harris conservative will have to, but, its inevitable.

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