Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak.
CORNWALL, Ontario - Provincial Tory leader Tim Hudak said this week the loss of manufacturing jobs, like the closure of the Philips Canlyte operation in Cornwall, can be stopped if he is elected.
Hudak, speaking at an event hosted by Canada 2020 in Ottawa, said managers need to rethink closure plans in the short-term.
"Jim McDonell is talking about that. It's a heart breaking loss," said Hudak, referring to the local Tory MPP. "My message to (manufacturers) is hold on. Help is on the way."
Hudak has argued Ontario is in the midst of a job crisis.
"We should lament every lost job in our province," he said. "We have (lost) 300,000 of those in manufacturing.
"(There is) heartbreak of families who now have to go tell the kids there’s no more paycheque coming in."
Philips announced the closure of its Cornwall operation a ouple of weeks ago. In just 11 months nearly 200 people who work at the plant will be out of work.