05/03/2014 05:05 EDT | Updated 07/03/2014 05:59 EDT

Hudak Stresses Job Creation, Reduced Spending


Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said it’s “understandable” federal Tories have attacked the policies of his Liberal rival — though he did not know the comments from Ottawa were coming.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Joe Oliver on Friday took aim at the Liberals’ plan for a made-in-Ontario pension, and the budget that triggered the election; a break with tradition that typically sees federal politicians stay out provincial campaigns

“No, no previews,” Hudak said on CBC News Network when asked about the remarks.  

“I guess it’s understandable,” he added. “Ontario is the biggest economy in Canada. If Ontario is slowing down, or deep in debt, that impacts the rest of the country.”

Saturday marked the first full day of campaigning, after the budget put forth by the minority Liberals did not draw support from either opposition party. Legislature was dissolved on Friday following a meeting between the lieutenant governor and Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne.

Hudak touted his party’s overall economic plan — responsible spending, more jobs and attracting business with lower taxes — as the best course for the province.

Hudak says the plan will create 125,000 jobs in the province over the next eight years.

“The most important thing we can do is to help people get a good job, to help all those who lost their jobs get a good full-time job and provide for their family,” he said.

“I want to put a giant ‘Open for business’ sign in Ontario,” he said.

Hudak also stressed the need for reduced spending but did not say where the resulting cuts would fall.

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