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Hudak promises changes in first 100 days

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jun 06, 2014 - 11:53 AM |
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says if elected he would put several of his campaign pledges in place within his first 100 days.

That would include a government wage and hiring freeze and launching a judicial probe into the gas plants scandal.

In a speech to the Mississauga Board of Trade this morning, Hudak promised to quickly make his mark and bring in a "jobs budget."

Among other things, his 12 item to-do list would slice the size of cabinet to 16 from the current 27 and make his ministers guarantee to meet his goals or have their pay docked.

Hudak compared his approach to that of Premier Kathleen Wynne, who says she would bring in her budget within 20 days, saying the Liberal leader is offering "more of the same from Day One."

He says that he instead would move swiftly with steps to balance the books by 2016 and create jobs, saying "Hope is coming" for those looking for work.

And Hudak says he would use the federal sponsorship scandal probe as a model for an inquiry into the Liberal government's gas plants cancellation — an issue that has returned to the forefront with news the OPP anti-rackets squad is seeking more documents on the scandal.

Hudak says he is confident he could push through the changes in the 100-day time span, but dodged a question on whether he would resign if he failed to make them happen, a promise he made during this week's debate for his million jobs plan commitment, which includes balancing the budget within two years.

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