Prov. Leaders Debate Recap: Winners and Losers

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Kathleen Wynne walked onto the debate stage with a big target painted on her back Tuesday evening. Incumbents are always attacked during debates. This debate was no different. Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath, the leaders of the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats, ganged up on the Premier during the first half hour of the debate. The first question was about the two cancelled gas plants. Ms. Wynne apologized many times, while Mr. Hudak tells us that her apologies are worthless and that if re-elected, it is possible that the Liberals would make another colossal billion dollar mistake.

Tim Hudak gave us straight talk. He told us that he wouldn’t lie. And he stuck to that. He won this debate. While Kathleen Wynne apologized and dodged questions and failed to offer actual ideas, Tim Hudak gave us solutions. He vowed to cut down the cabinet, he vowed to create a million jobs. He vowed to resign if his Million Jobs plan did not work. Wow. He vowed to shrink government. He vowed to keep taxes low. Voters are eating this up. Hudak talked about his grandparents losing their farm. He talked passionately about investing in education and talked about investing in special needs programs, and I think that he seemed like, on that stage, a true leader, someone who understands the struggles of people, who knows the needs of Ontarians. “Hope is on the way,” was his closing message. He reiterated his pledge to resign if his million jobs plan did not work. Tim Hudak won this debate, hands down.

Andrea Horwath, as the third party leader, had less time to speak than Ms. Wynne and Mr. Hudak. While she was speaking, she shot at both leaders. She talked about how the Conservative government of 1995-2003 started privatizing the energy industry and she told us that the Liberals continued doing what the Conservatives started. She talked about how she would stand up for families, but she offered few plans, few ideas, until the fifth question. She vowed to cut auto insurance rates by 15%. She vowed to invest in roads and transit and infrastructure. Andrea Horwath did not win this debate, but she did not lose this debate like our Premier did.

The loser of this debate was clearly Kathleen Wynne. “You’re acting like someone who won the lottery,” Hudak said, saying that the Premier would drive Ontario into bankruptcy. That was what we call a ‘zinger.’ Ms. Wynne plans to spend, spend, spend. Wynne did point out that while Mike Harris was Premier, the graduation rate was 68%, and now the graduation rate is 83%. That is a good statistic. But one good statistic is not enough to win a debate. The gas plants dragged her down. She seemed out of touch with average people.

One last point. I noticed that none of the six questions came from people in Northern Ontario. Newmarket, Guelph, Peterborough, Cobourg, nothing from Sudbury or Sault Ste. Marie or Thunder Bay or Timmins or North Bay or any Northern communities. If I was on that stage tonight I would have pointed that out. There are over three quarters of a million people living in Northern Ontario. The fact that the no question from a Northerner was chosen to be used in this debate, it’s pretty shameful.

This election is crucial. I hope everyone goes out to vote on June 12th. The leaders have made their pitch. Mr. Hudak came out looking good, Ms. Wynne came out looking weak. But it’s up to you, the voters, to choose who our next Premier should be. Whether we elect a new PC government, or continue to let the Liberals lead, or shake it up with the NDP, this debate showcased their plans, and it’s up to you to decide which one will help Ontario the most.

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  1. I watched the debate and Horwath was caught in a lie by Wynne. Hudak caught both leaders in lies.The most honest of the leaders was Hudak who looked the part of Premier. Tim Hudak explained how he was going to cut a 100,000 unnecessary jobs.
    The NDP /Liberals are running a smear campaign of Tim Hudak leading voters to believe that he will fire teachers and get rid of unions.At no time has the PC’s said these things they are lies .
    The NDP/Liberals will do anything to hang onto power.
    Ms Wynne is guilty of mishandling this Province that why we should not vote Liberal Wynne or NDP Horwath
    The NDP kept the Liberal Party in power .
    For those who don’t remember Ontario Liberal government regimen. Here is a subtle reminder.Green Energy Act (20 billion)

    eHealth scandal (almost 2 billion)

    Gas plant scandal (1.1 billion theft and cover-up of our tax dollars)

    ORNGE scandal (700 million)

    Ontario Northland Railway scandal (820 million)

    Caledonia Hydro Line scandal (116 million)

    Lobbyist scandal (two multi-million dollar scandals)

    Eco-Fee Reversal scandal (18 million)

    CancerCare Ontario scandal (millions of dollars)

    Slush Fund scandal (32 million)

    Niagara Falls Commission scandal

    Ontario Power Generation scandal

    Children’s Aid Society scandal

    Nanticoke Coal Power Plant Shutdown scandal

    G20 Secretly Approved Police Power scandal

    Auto Insurance scandal

    Foreign Scholarships scandal (our students pay the highest tuition in Canada while foreign students get free university educations)

    Offshore Wind Turbines scandal

    Samsung scandal (sole-sourcing)

    Pan Am scandal (cost increase from 1.4 to 2.5 billion)

    MPAC scandal (over and under-valuation of properties)

    OLG scandal (millions of dollars)

    Isotape Shortage scandal

    Chemotherapy Dosage scandal

    Payout for Pan Am CEO (250 million)

    Trillium Wind Power and Sky Power Limited lawsuit (500 million)

    Cement company lawsuit (275 million) – Quarry outside Hamilton was scuttled for political reasons

    School bus service lawsuit

    Augusta/Westland lawsuit as it pertains to ORNGE

    Elliot Lake Collapse lawsuits (two lives lost due to recovery delays)

    Ontario Medical Association lawsuits – applied to Superior Court alleging McGuinty not negotiating in “good faith”

    Breast Screening scandal (ensuing lawsuits due to thousands of misread mammograms, one life lost)

    Class-action lawsuit for autism funding cancellation

    Over 650 new agencies, boards, commissions and entities such as LHIN’s and CCAC’s

    Over 300,000 new public servants many of whom, are on the sunshine list

    Public sector employment in health care increased by 39%

    Public sector employment in social services increased by 39%

    Public sector employment in education increased by 34%

    Paying more Liberal taxes only to receive fewer services as taxes now being spent to pay the salaries and perks of newly-assigned, Liberal-friendly public servants

    Gutted our manufacturing base (job growth across Canada except in Ontario)

    Nearly one million Ontarians now out of work

    Increased spending by 80% while our economy grew by only 9%

    More than doubled our debt to 288 billion

    Running a 11.3 billion annual deficit

    Debt servicing costs will rise from 11.4 billion today to 14.5 billion once the debt exceeds 300 billion by 2017-18

    Interest payments on our debt now the third largest budget expenditure after health and education

    Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress confirmed that McGuinty’s Green Energy Act grossly underestimated the cost to consumers and overestimated the number of new jobs that would be created

    Tax collectors getting 45,000.00 severance packages for switching job titles from provincial to federal

    Two ministries under an OPP criminal investigation – ORNGE and gas plant scandals

    Pharmacy war

    Illegal green taxes

    Increased smart meter, electricity, hydro, tuition and car insurance costs

    Implemented tire tax, electronics tax, eco fee, health premium (tax), WSIB tax increase, HST, beer surtax

    Failing grade on ADHD education

    Ranking the lowest of all provinces for fiscal performance

    Delisting eye exams, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, diabetic strips, etc.

    Increasing wait time for cataract surgery

    No longer covered for eye exams yet taxpayers paying for sex changes

    Wait time for nursing home bed tripled

    Failure to disclose elevated radiation levels

    OES missed its collection and recycling targets by 59%

    Not correcting the foreign ownership of our beer market

    Acceptance of garbage striker extortion

    Harassing labour inspectors

    Kowtowing to green energy lobbies

    Imposing blood alcohol rules that punish people who are not impaired

    Public utilities donating to Liberals

    Voting to cover up the Niagara Parks Commission scandal

    Emergency room wait times not meeting provincial targets

    Put on notice by Standard and Poor, credit rating downgraded, under a very serious credit watch

    Have-not province for the first time in Canadian history

    Borrowing more debt than any province except NB

    Dramatic cuts in health care services in schools

    Nurses getting bonuses despite a wage freeze

    Insufficient senior homecare services

    Failing grade of Family Responsibility Office

    Abstained from vote to investigate CBC expenses

    Cash kickback scheme involving government cleaning contracts

    Talked about a two-year freeze on wages for public sector while previously giving the OPP a 5% wage increase – the OPP received another raise of over 8% in January, 2014

    Energy now unaffordable yet we must pay Quebec and some north-eastern States to take our surplus energy

    Encouraging farmers to build small-scale solar projects but having no way to connect them to the power grid

    Laid up in US hospital beds as no beds available in Ontario

    Refusing public inquiry into G20 fiasco

    Giving those who hire only newcomers a 10,000.00 tax credit

    Third highest user of food banks

    Announced pay freezes knowing that 38,000 were getting a 3% salary increase after the election

    Nortel Pensions bailout

    Hiding hospital errors from the public

    Teachers skipping classes to assist with anti-Conservative campaign

    Failing grade in northern forestry management

    Almost 40 C. difficile deaths to date

    Loss of 6,500 cancer patient health records

    Highest rent increase rate in years

    Ignoring evidence that wind turbines can cause poor health

    Workers at eHealth suing for not receiving bonuses

    Liam denied eye care that another child is receiving under OHIP

    Ontarians pleading for their lives or dying because they aren’t getting the health care they need

    Lady with a brain tumor denied help to cover costs which costs are covered in Manitoba

    Electricity rates to rise 42% over five years

    Prior loss of 60,000 jobs in the horse racing industry – now attempting to correct this

    Presto

    Ring of Fire

    Cleaning kick-back scheme that ended with the conviction of three persons (two of whom were employed by Wynne’s ministry at the time …)

    Muslim prayers allowed in our publicly-funded school system while the Lord’s Prayer has been banned.
    Do we really need more of this nonsense.Don’t be stupid put a pin on your nose and vote PC. I have had enough of the Liberals NDP coalition.

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