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Hudak on jobs plan math: 'I know I'm right.'

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jun 04, 2014 - 10:37 AM |
AJAX, Ont. - Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is responding to criticism over the math calculations behind his promise to create one million jobs by saying he knows he's right.

Some economists suggest Hudak confused the term "person years of employment" with permanent jobs, and political opponents say his math just doesn't add up.

Speaking to a small, early-morning crowd in Ajax, Ont., Hudak defended his plan, and said point blank: "I know I'm right."

He pointed to an article this week by Philip Cross, a former chief economic analyst at Statistics Canada, who said Hudak's pledge to create one million jobs over eight years is realistic — even "overly cautious."

Hudak says Premier Kathleen Wynne is distorting his jobs plan, talking about a "phoney version" of it because the Liberals don't want to talk about their own record.

The Tories are also out today with more information they say comes from whistleblowers about "skyrocketing" costs over a real estate project in downtown Toronto, alleging the Liberals are not being transparent about the costs.

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