Liberals Job Policies failing Elgin-Middlesex-London

QUEENS PARK – This morning MPP Jeff Yurek rose in the legislature to question the Minister of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure on the unemployment rate in Elgin-Middlesex-London.

“Minister, in 94 of the last 95 months, Ontario’s unemployment rate (7.0%) has been higher than the national average (6.6%).  In my riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London the unemployment numbers have been on the rise since April with our unemployment rate increasing from 7.5% to 7.8% in the last month.”  stated Yurek.

Yurek’s comments followed after the release of the unemployment rates this past Friday.  The Minister agreed with MPP Yurek in his initial response stating “the numbers released on Friday were not what they hoped for.”

“I am disappointed in this government’s response to the lack of jobs in my riding.  Instead of acknowledging that their current plan is ineffective, they continue to make up excuses” said Yurek.

“With the holiday season among us it is disheartening that many families will be left wondering how they will afford their next electricity bill or feed their family due to the failed job policies of this government” stated MPP Yurek.

Yurek noted the over 6000 manufacturing jobs that have been lost in Elgin-Middlesex-London under the Liberal government.  Yurek outlined that the current government job plan consists of

high energy costs, job stifling regulation such as the Ontario College of Trades or mandatory WSIB for private contractors.  All of which is detrimental for job growth for small, medium and large businesses.

“The Liberal government has had 3 months in the legislature to address the growing unemployment rate in Ontario and yet has done nothing.”

MPP Yurek will continue to hold the Liberal government accountable on developing a job strategy that will create good paying jobs in the province of Ontario.

You can view MPP Yurek question at http://youtu.be/f0BTJgr1Acg

Media Contact:

Whitney McWilliam | P: 226-448-6741 | E: whitney.mcwilliam@pc.ola.org