However, Hudak will have no problem targeting teachers and teaching assistants. In a speech in Barrie, Ontario, he stated unequivocally that if his party were to assume power that there would be "fewer teachers and their assistants." He didn't mention that the result would be a lower standard of education in Ontario and larger classroom sizes. This province's education system has had to recover from all the damage inflicted by former premier Mike Harris. Our children can't afford anymore setbacks and they can't afford to lose good teachers.
How does Tim Hudak justify eliminating 100,000 jobs and putting so many people out of work?
Hudak maintains that the public sector job cuts alone would save $2 billion. He didn't provide any figures as to the amount those public servants contribute to the economy through their taxes and their spending on goods and services. He didn't say anything about the human cost of putting thousands of people out of work, a cost that can't be measured in dollars and cents.
Hudak's proposal was quickly denounced by Premier Wynne and Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. "Today we learned that Tim Hudak's jobs plan is to turn paycheques into pink slips for 100,000 people," Wynne.proclaimed. "How does it make sense, when you have an economy that is struggling, when you have a lot of families already out of work, to say you are going to throw a whole bunch more families out of work," Horwath pointed out.
When will conservatives learn that imposing severe austerity measures and sharply lowering taxes do not automatically result in job creation and overall prosperity? When will they realize that these policies lead to suffering, further unemployment, a greater gap between the haves and have-nots and painful economic recession? Just ask some Europeans what years of austerity have done for them.