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Tim Hudak, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, holds a press conference in Toronto on Jan. 13, 2014, to talk about his proposed Million Jobs Act.
Tim Hudak, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, holds a press conference in Toronto on Jan. 13, 2014, to talk about his proposed Million Jobs Act.
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Ontario Tories’ million-job pledge is an act of hubris from Hudak

There’s a little fashion in Canadian politics to promise to create a specific number of new jobs, and Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is showing us how ill-advised it is.

Jean Charest did it, when he was running for re-election as Quebec premier. It is an eye-catching way of signalling that you are serious about the job market, a top concern for voters. It might be a tempting tactic for federal parties who know jobs will likely be a key issue in 2015. But they should be warned: it’s rarely credible. Mr. Charest, by the way, lost.