May 08, 2014
By Scott Walker
Ontario Conservative leader Tim Hudak has begun to explain how he would create a million jobs in Ontario.
Hudak spoke at a residential construction site this morning. He says he would change the regulations in skilled trades in Ontario that currently restrict the number of apprentices on job sites to one for every three journeymen. He would make it one-to-one and create 200,000 new jobs in the skilled trades.
He asks, “Why would you restrict young people from getting good jobs in the trades?”
Hudak says the Liberals are allowing organized labour to restrict the number of apprentices in Ontario. He has been highly critical of the Ontario College of Trades that was established a year ago by the Liberal government. He calls it a tax grab and an added level of bureaucracy.
There also are mixed feelings about the College among trade unions.
Hudak says he would encourage young people to go into skilled trades, which he called the backbone of the middle class. He says he would do that by having colleges work more closely with high schools to encourage students to pursue a trade.
He says his idea won’t cost any money. He says, “One simple cabinet meeting, one stroke of a pen, and it’s done.”