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Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivers the provincial budget alongside Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivers the provincial budget alongside Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
(MARK BLINCH/REUTERS)

Ontario takes the right step with $2.5-billion investment lure

Ontario’s government last made a jobs announcement in mid-April, when the Economic Development Minister Eric Hoskins pledged $796,672 to two local companies that plan to create 34 jobs – and retain 458 – in Simcoe and Owen Sound.

The dry spell could have something to do with the election campaign, although that really doesn’t matter, even if it’s the excuse. The world didn’t stop for Ontario’s politicking. Since the beginning of May, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has announced that 10 companies plan to invest or expand in her state, bringing pledges of 7,400 jobs in a period of less than two months. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mr. Hoskins have managed less than half that amount over the entire calendar year.