Tory candidate Jim McDonell stands outside Philips Canlyte in Cornwall during a media event Friday.
CORNWALL, Ontario - With the soon-to-be-closed Philips Canlyte factory as a backdrop, Jim McDonell said Friday manufacturers need to hang on a little longer if they want to see help to keep them in business.
McDonell, the incumbent Tory candidate leading up to the June 12 election, said Friday his party has plans to help Ontario businesses become more competitive and retain employees.
"The Liberals, with the NDP's complicity, have consistently enacted policies designed to reduce our attractiveness to business," he said, listing high energy costs and expensive government bureaucracy as reasons why many Ontario manufacturers are closing their doors.
Philips Canlyte announced weeks ago that its Cornwall operation would close by next March. The move will leave 190 people, who are used to making good money, out of work.
"Our plan will stop the unaffordable energy subsidies that have driven hydro bills through the roof," said McDonell. "We will ensure government gets off the backs of job creators and allow them to do what they are best at: creating local, stable, good-paying jobs to retain Ontario's skilled workforce."
But the Tory plan hasn't been without its critics, many of whom have attacked Progressive-Conservative leader Tim Hudak and his so-called "Million Jobs Plan."
Some have openly suggested the math behind the Progressive-Conservative plan is flawed. The plan is central to the Tory election campaign.
McDonell was adamant the plan makes sense.
"Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Party understand that when businesses can thrive, all Ontario benefit, especially those whose jobs have vanished or are about to," he said. "No government has ever spent or subsidized its way to prosperity."