Wynne warns students about PC plans to cut jobs
Ontario Premier and Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne speaks at St. Lawrence College in Kingston on Tuesday, where she met with staff and students of the Early Childhood Education program as part of a Ontario election campaign stop. On the right is Kingston and the Islands Liberal candidate Sophie Kiwala IAN MACALPINE/THE WHIG-STANDARD
KINGSTON, Ont. ─ Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne made her pitch to students in Kingston, Ont., on Tuesday, reminding them about the PCs proposed public sector job cuts.
Wynne, speaking at St. Lawrence College, was met by a handful of early childhood education students before commencing her speech, which focused on the importance of protecting early childhood educators and other public service workers from the "human consequences" and "danger" of Tim Hudak's plan to cut 100,000 public sector jobs.
"Yesterday we calculated the impact of those 100,000 job cuts and he would fire at least 22,000 teachers, early childhood educators and support staff," she said. "In fact, under his plan, 10,000 early childhood educators would lose their jobs."
She said the Liberal track record since 2003 has proven the party's commitment to securing the well-being of Ontarians, something that will be thrown away if PCs gain power. The high school graduation rate has risen to 83% from 68% in that time, she added.
"When it comes to large-scale layoffs it's the people with the least seniority who are the first to be laid off and that means the labour market will be flooded with people whose positions will be eliminated and there won't be room for the people who are just graduating from university and college. It's exactly the wrong way to go. It would slam the door on jobs for young people," she said.
Wynne acknowledged the race is "effectively tied at this point."
"One of us will form the next government of Ontario, it will be Tim Hudak or it will be me," she said.
"The reality is that anybody who cares about implementing a plan that will build the province up to understand that this race is so close that we need their vote," she told reporters following her speech.