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Ontario Election 2014: 'Count Von Count' Mocks Hudak's Math

06/03/2014 02:23 EDT | Updated 06/03/2014 02:59 EDT
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Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak took his share of mockery last week after several economists argued his "Million Jobs Plan" is based on a big mathematical miscalculation.

But despite reports suggesting his party erroneously multiplied some of its projected job numbers by as much as eight, Hudak insists his numbers are sound.

It's a safe a bet Hudak's opponents will bring up his math skills during Tuesday's leaders' debate.

And it's a safer bet the PC leader will remind Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne of one number — $1.1 billion — representing how much it cost taxpayers to scrap two gas plants in Mississauga and Oakville.

But a rival campaign got creative Tuesday morning by sending someone dressed as Sesame Street character Count von Count to — two, ah, ah, ah! — try to get in Hudak's head at a campaign event in Markham.

The Globe and Mail's Kaleigh Rogers posted a video to Vine.

But one Tory staffer wasn't prepared to let the Count get away with it and interrupted the stunt by showing off a Financial Post column from Philip Cross, a former chief economic analyst at Statistics Canada, in which he argues Hudak's plan is actually "easy to achieve."

Cross makes the case that making cuts to the public service can indeed stoke private job growth. Hudak has vowed to eliminate 100,000 public sector jobs in his first term if the Ontario Tories form government.

"The Million Jobs Plan to rein-in government spending and encourage business investment represents the best chance to revive job growth in Ontario," Cross concludes. "Cuts to the public sector are not a threat to jobs, but a tonic for reviving economy-wide growth."

Ontario voters head to the polls on June 12.

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