MPP attacks government over 91st consecutive month with poor employment numbers

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Tory candidate Jim McDonell stands outside Philips Canlyte in Cornwall during a media event. The plant announced its closure this year.

CORNWALL, Ontario - New data from Statistics Canada shows Ontario lost 29,300 full-time jobs last month, while the provincial unemployment rate remained above the national average.

Local MPP Jim MCDonell laid the blame squarely at the feet of the governing Liberals.

“This marks the 91st consecutive month of Ontario having a higher unemployment rate than the national average," he said. “When full-time jobs leave the province, families lose a reliable source of income and see their future put in jeopardy.

"Skyrocketing energy rates, unaffordable payroll taxes and increasing regulation place unsustainable costs on businesses and reduce families’ ability to spend and save. This trend must be reversed."

McDonell attacked the recent Grit budget which committed to measures such as increasing Ontario’s dependence on subsidizing wind and solar energy and deducting Ontarians’ pay to an Ontario Pension Plan.

“The government must realize we can’t spend our way to prosperity," said McDonell. “Ontario’s workforce is highly skilled and productive. Without a commitment to job-creation, this government is driving our best and brightest out of our province."

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: Ontario

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