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.