Tim Hudak was back in his home riding of Niagara-West Glanbrook Monday where energy and jobs were on the agenda. And with exactly one month to go until the election CHCH spoke some of Hudak’s constituents about their take on his campaign. And so far, reaction is mixed.
The tories plan to ride the rocket may have been derailed this weekend when they neglected to ask permission to campaign on the TTC.
But today in Tim Hudak’s home riding. Things appeared to be on track.
Before making a stop at his campaign headquarters in Grimsby. Hudak was at packaging manufacturer Stanpac in Smithville. Touting his party’s plans to create more affordable hydro rates — something he says will help create 40-thousand more jobs.
Tim Hudak: “We need to end these expensive subsidies for these wind and solar projects that are driving our rates higher and higher still.”
Wind energy has been the source of heated debate in riding. Hudak says cutting green energy subsidies will help save the province about 20 billion dollars: “That works out to about 384 dollars in savings for the typical family from the Liberal plan,”
Instead, Hudak proposes investing in nuclear power, natural gas and hydro. The PC leader has staunch supporters in this part of the province.
“I like his position. I like that he stands behind small business. We need small business to survive.”
“I’m definitely voting for him. “What do you like about Tim Hudak?” Well, that he’s truthful that he doesn’t lie to us like the one we have now.”
But even after a smoother day of campaigning, there are others who live and work here that aren’t convinced.
“I think he’s a leader that’s more interested in getting elected than running the province.”
“I don’t know I just have a hard time trusting everything he says.”
While we did speak with many people who are skeptical about the PC’s plans, this is a very safe riding for Hudak. Last election he won by over 12-thousand votes.
The two other main party leaders were also making several campaign stops Monday. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath in northern Ontario — and Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne in the GTA — including a stop at Mohawk College in Hamilton.
Kathleen Wynne’s theme for the day was skilled labour, starting in Vaughan at a carpenters training centre. She said the Liberal plan would support the jobs those students were training for, whereas Tim Hudak’s plan to cut 100,000 jobs, in her view, would do the opposite.
Later in the day, it was the same message at Mohawk College’s campus in Stoney Creek. After getting a Tiger-Cats bumper sticker affixed to the back of her campaign bus, Wynne got a quick overview of some of the class curriculum. Learning about brakes on trucks and how to properly torque a wrench for example. In her news conference she said the Liberals would continue to invest in apprenticeships, and she decried what she calls Tim Hudak’s pink slip pledge: “If we don’t have those investments, it’ll be great to have people trained but the jobs won’t be there. What Tim Hudak is proposing with his pink slip pledge, is to undercut that growth. It’s very hard to say I’ve noticed, you have to say it quickly.”
Lower hydro bills were also a highlight of Andrea Horwath’s pitch to voters in northern Ontario today. The NDP leader said people are shocked when they open their electricity bills — and she made a promise to change that: “An NDP government will take the HST off hydro bills starting 2016. For most families, that means a savings of 120 dollars a year.”
Kathleen Wynne responded in defence of the province’s Green Energy Act — saying that hydro rates have gone up so much because of the billions the government had to invest to upgrade the system.