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Ontarians Growing our Economy, Creating Jobs

The hard work of Ontario families and businesses created 32,900 jobs in December — over 82 per cent of all the jobs created in Canada — showing that our plan to balance the budget so we can grow the economy and create jobs is making progress.

  • Ontario continues to lead Canada in creating jobs — we've now gained 411,000 jobs since the depths of the global recession, a 155 per cent increase. That means we've gained back all jobs lost plus 55 per cent more. And, 85 per cent of net jobs gained in 2012 were full-time.
  • In fact, since the recession, Ontario's pace of job recovery has exceeded the United Kingdom, the United States and all our neighbours in the Great Lakes States.
  • Our steady progress towards eliminating the deficit by 2017-18 is building confidence in our economy, and our strategic investments are making the most of Ontario's highly skilled workers.
  • By making our tax system more competitive, investing in infrastructure, improving skills and renewing our electricity system, we've made Ontario one of the top destinations in North America for foreign investment and our companies are better able to compete in the world to create jobs at home.
  • Last month, we received the report from the Jobs and Prosperity Council — which we created to gather ideas from business, labour, experts and entrepreneurs — to continue making progress and transforming our economy so that our businesses and young entrepreneurs can continue creating jobs and opportunity.
  • To keep this momentum going we need to sell even more and better products to the world in order to create good jobs and a great quality of life at home.
  • So, next week, the Premier is leaving on his fourth trade mission to China to promote our expertise in world-leading clean water technology and create more jobs for our dynamic agri-food businesses.

The Hudak PCs oppose every move to create jobs for Ontario families. They wouldn't support our auto sector and would have cut loose all the families that rely on those jobs. They also have a $14-billion tax cuts and transit scheme with no plan to pay for it, and that would mean deep cuts to the public services families rely on. And the NDP would raise taxes on business and investment to pay for public sector pay raises — that discourages private-sector investment and kills jobs.

Only Ontario Liberals are embracing the economic challenges before us so we can balance the budget and protect health care and education while growing the economy and creating jobs. And only Ontario Liberals will keep us moving forward together.

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