Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

March 25, 2010 11:08 ET

On Budget day Tim Hudak shows that he is yesterday's man

Conservative Leader's "10 Ideas to Create Jobs in 2010" plan a rehash of failed 1990's ideology

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - March 25, 2010) - Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario called the Conservative platform document 10 Ideas to Create Jobs in 2010 "a major disappointment and demonstrates why Tim Hudak's not up to the job of leading this province." Dillon went onto say, "these ideas are nothing more than dressing up old failed policies with a new coat of blue paint. At least when John Tory was Leader he tried to practice the politics of inclusion and not use wedge issues to divide people."

Tim Hudak's ideas include placing workers at risk by changing apprenticeship ratios; changes to the WSIB structure and the reduction of employer contributions; and bringing back a Red Tape Commission like the one that contributed to the Walkerton tragedy.

"When this province needs leadership, Tim Hudak is yesterday's man," said Dillon. "The province has changed since the 1990's and the Hudak and Hillier right wing faction don't want to accept this. They are caught in a time warp. At a time when Ontarians are keen on seeing an economic recovery, Mr. Hudak's agenda undermines all their expectations. "

As Toronto Sun columnist Christina Blizzard put it in yesterday's paper, "While Tories were sleeping, times changed. This isn't 1994. Everything old isn't necessarily new again."

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The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario is an umbrella organization that represents over 150,000 construction workers.
/For further information: Patrick J. Dillon, Business Manager 416-347-8245/ IN: ECONOMY, LABOUR, POLITICS

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