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Tim Hudak’s 10 Ideas to Create Jobs in 2010

10 for 2010 (Queen's Park Report - March 27, 2010) It has become increasingly clear that taxpayers are fed up with Dalton McGuinty, and now people want to know how Jim Wilson, Tim Hudak and the P.C. Caucus would govern Ontario.  I’m happy to write this week on how we believe Ontario can lead again.

The first thing we’re going to do is try and get Dalton McGuinty to roll back the fat severance packages that he is giving to provincial tax collectors.  The Liberals are awarding severance packages to 1,250 tax collectors worth as much as $45,000 each, despite the fact that not one of them will lose their job.  We introduced a budget amendment today (Monday) to put an end to this rip-off and ask that it be used to reduce the deficit.

To encourage businesses to hire new employees and create jobs, we are calling for a one-year payroll tax holiday – from the burdensome Health Tax and WSIB premiums — on all new hires. 

To stop the growing amount of red tape that costs everyone money and kills jobs, we would create a Red Tape Commission to lower the overall regulatory burden and free up entrepreneurs, farmers and business leaders to do what they do best: create jobs.

Helping Ontario families achieve the dream of homeownership is also a priority.  To do this we would place a one year suspension on the land-transfer tax, saving families $3,000.  This helps everyone, from young families longing for their own home to more business at the local hardware and home improvement stores.  It would also spur new jobs in construction.

We would also reform the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.  That government agency is killing jobs and driving up costs for families.  We would end Liberal legislation that requires independent operators and sole proprietors from paying $11,000 per year in premiums for office and secretarial staff that will never set foot on a construction site.  We’d also give small businesses permanent representation on the Board.

To expand job opportunities for young workers in the skilled-trades, we would modernize Ontario’s antiquated apprenticeship system by turning Ontario’s outdated 3:1 journeyman-to-apprentice ratio into a 1:1 ratio.  If it only takes one brain surgeon to train another brain surgeon, then it should only take one electrician to train another electrician.

I haven’t heard from a single person that likes the wasteful spending at eHealth or at our Local Health Integration Networks.  Their lavish spending redirects needed health dollars from frontline care.  So, we would introduce a mandatory Sunset Review process that forces all ministries, agencies, boards, and commissions to justify their existence and continued value to the public.
Politicians and bureaucrats should not be in the business of picking winners and losers in the marketplace. Billions of dollars in corporate handouts – including sweetheart deals for Korea based Samsung – reward companies who hire the best lobbyists. Instead, we would lower the overall tax and regulatory burdens to allow all businesses to succeed on a level playing field.

Tim Hudak and I understand families and businesses have all had to make tough choices and scale back their spending during the last few years. Government should too.  That’s why we asked the Liberals’ to cap spending at the 2010-11 estimate provided in the 2009 budget.

Public sector collective agreements must reflect the ability of the private sector to pay. So we’ve asked Dalton McGuinty to immediately enter into negotiations with the public sector union leadership with the goal of working towards a wage freeze or similar savings through more efficient service delivery until the economy and provincial finances recover.

These are practical, affordable and achievable ideas that will create jobs and grow our economy.  For more information visit our 10 for 2010 website at 10for2010.ca

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