This morning, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP, Monte McNaughton spoke about the StatsCan monthly Labour Force Survey for February 2018, which was released today. The report showed limited recovery, in the form of part time and public sector jobs, after the previous month’s significant losses.
“The latest job numbers are more bad news for Ontario’s families and businesses,” said McNaughton. “Since the loss of over 50,000 jobs in January, the only real job growth we’re seeing is on the government payroll.”
"It is unfortunate to learn that certain individuals may be considering this step, after we have worked so closely with leadership campaigns and with Party members from across the province on a leadership election process passed by the PC Party Executive in accordance with the Constitution.
"Our measures to accommodate the needs of members during this period have included extending the verification period three times and extending voting once.
Today Interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli took the Wynne Liberals to task for their most recent of a long line of broken promises – their plan to run an up to $8 billion deficit in the upcoming budget.
Fedeli read a number of quotes from Finance Minister Charles Sousa and the Ontario government where the people of Ontario were assured that the budget would be balanced for years to come.
“Today to mark International Women’s’ Day, people all over the world will celebrate the remarkable achievements made by women.
“More than 100 years ago, women in Ontario fought for - and were granted - the right to vote and to hold provincial office. Since that time we have made incredible strides. Women have broken through a great many barriers. Today, women are leaders in all fields, including business, politics, science, the arts, politics, and academia.
When the Leadership election process of the PC Party of Ontario was launched, we knew that we were in uncharted waters. In 44 days, we had to design and implement a voting process that was unprecedented in Ontario history, and likely even Canadian history.
Working with a dedicated team of volunteers and staff, we built an election system to be proud of. While there were challenges with our mail delivery, and some members were unable to participate fully in this election, the metrics are very strong: nearly 70,000 members have verified their membership already, and well over 44,000 have already voted. More members will have voted in this leadership than voted in the 2002 Leadership, when the PC Party of Ontario was in government.
We are aware of calls from some candidates for an extension to the race. This is, in our view, not only a fundamental change in the Rules at a late time in the campaign, but also contrary to our Party’s Constitution, which provides that in this case the vote must conclude no later than March 9.
Accordingly, we confirm that the deadline for verification of memberships is 8pm on Thursday March 8 and the deadline for voting is noon on Friday March 9. The new Leader of the PC Party of Ontario will be announced on March 10 in Markham.
This has been a very exciting election process of which PC Party of Ontario members can be proud. We have learned a lot through this process and will work to ensure that the challenges Party members faced in this Leadership Election will not occur again.
After March 10, we look forward to joining with PC Party members and supporters from across Ontario to elect a new government on June 7.
Leadership Election Organizing Committee