Ontario Progressive Conservatives: “I want to work”
What the ad says: The PCs introduce us to three Ontarians – a machinist, a chemical engineer and a welder – who say they “want to work.” Leader Tim Hudak appears and says the province is facing a “jobs crisis.”
What the party hopes you’ll take away: There’s a crisis and the Ontario PCs have a plan to fix it. The point to their website to learn what that plan is.
Fact check: Mr. Hudak says in the ad that there are “one million people out of work.” According to Statistics Canada, there were 555,000 unemployed people in Ontario in April – though that doesn’t count those who are underemployed (such as part-time work) or those who have given up looking for jobs.
Ontario Liberals: “Build Ontario up”
What the ad says: Leader Kathleen Wynne says government “can be a force for good” by creating jobs, investing in transit and “providing fair pensions.”
What the party hopes you’ll take away: That Ms. Wynne just wants to “build the province up” not “tear it down” like Mr. Hudak.
Fact check: There are few specific claims to check, though her comments about Mr. Hudak – such as his pledge to get rid of 100,000 public-sector workers and increase class sizes – are part of his “One Million Jobs Plan.”(The Progressive Conservatives, though, say it’s not fair to classify the reductions in public-sector staffing as “firings,” since they plan to lose many of those positions due to attrition.) It’s also worth noting that some business groups have not been thrilled by the Liberals’ pension proposal.
Ontario NDP: “The Liberal record: 10 years of mismanagement”
What the ad says: Scandals, such as the gas plants and Ornge, have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars.
What the party hopes you’ll take away: It’s time for Ontario voters to “put the Liberals in the penalty box.”
Fact check: The party is careful to frame the scandals as part of “the Liberal record” – because they occurred before Ms. Wynne became premier in early 2013, not while she was in office.