Ont. Liberals 'confused' by PC Million Jobs Plan

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne in Toronto Friday, May 23, 2014. (Dave Thomas/QMI AGENCY)

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne in Toronto Friday, May 23, 2014. (Dave Thomas/QMI AGENCY)

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

TORONTO -- For the second day in a row, Progressive Conservatives found themselves defending their Million Jobs Plan numbers, which Liberals say are 95% wrong.

PC MPP and finance critic Vic Fedeli, at a media conference Sunday to attack the Liberal campaign platform, found himself fending off reporter questions about the Liberal attacks.

Fedeli, as his colleague Monte McNaughton had done Saturday, dismissed the accusations outright.

Liberal Charles Sousa said Saturday the numbers are skewed because the Tories took a figure from a Conference Board of Canada report that cites "person years of employment." By definition, that means one full-time job that only lasts one year.

Sousa says the Tories took the impact of a 1% corporate tax cut reduction that the board report says would create 119,808 jobs. They then count that figure eight separate times for each year of their plan.

Sousa also said the Tory plan was 95% incorrect and would deliver more than 780,000 fewer jobs than promised because the party made a simply mathematical error.

But Fedeli accused Sousa of using "phony math" to discredit the Tory jobs numbers.

"Charles Sousa is confused," Fedeli said. "He's confusing a one-point reduction with a 1% reduction. I'm, quite frankly, surprised a finance minister would make that calculation incorrectly."

The Tories say the numbers in question are being portrayed in two different ways.

The Liberals say they are one-time job figures that only capture a single job or a single year. But the Tories say the jobs would be permanent, full-time employment because of their promised corporate and personal tax cuts.

Fedeli said the Liberal Party used the same strategy during the last election, creating a "magic number" and saying the Tory numbers had a hole in them.

"It's exactly the same stunt they pulled last time," he said. "Of course we expected it. All I can say is our numbers add up."


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