Hudak vows to kill Samsung green energy deal, 200 jobs
LONDON, ONT.—Tim Hudak was unapologetic Tuesday when he said he’d kill the Liberal government’s $7-billion green energy deal with Samsung — and 200 local jobs.
“We can’t afford it,” the Progressive Conservative leader said on radio station Newstalk 1290 CJBK, referring to the controversial pact with the South Korean manufacturing giant, which he blames for rising electricity rates as Ontario heads toward the Oct. 6 election.
Last week Samsung executives appeared with Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty in London to announce a new 200-employee plant that will make solar panels in the city, which is struggling for new jobs with a 9.1 per cent unemployment rate.
There is one headline you never want, the one that includes the words JOBS and KILL. Hudak can argue his case, the wider economic argument, but in essence he appears to be advocating KILLING new jobs, because he doesn't like the terms. Unemployed workers in London don't give a rats ass about the terms, what they care about is that the Liberals are offering new jobs, new industry, to counter years of erosion. If the PC braintrust were smart, when McGuinty announced the revised terms pre-writ they would have softened their opposition, but instead they remain stubbornly steadfast.
This issue is a loser all day long, the more Hudak wants to talk about it, the better. Ontarians realize that we've lost many manufacturing jobs and they are NEVER coming back. While the details of the agreement might be a bit of a hard swallow in one sense, the deal still represents a Premier actively trying to lure new investment, progressive employment, as we reinvent our economy. It is simply comical to have Tim Hudak in a local riding, telling voters that he will axe a deal, which will bring economic advantage to the region. Great strategy.