PC candidate in hot water for saying Hudak can't create 1M jobs

PC candidate Jeff Bennett. (QMI Agency file photo)

PC candidate Jeff Bennett. (QMI Agency file photo)

Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press

, Last Updated: 3:48 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. — A London-area Ontario PC candidate is feeling the heat after suggesting in a local debate that Leader Tim Hudak can't create one million jobs.

Jeff Bennett's blurb was posted on YouTube Thursday, 16 seconds in all, from a debate in London West, where he's challenging NDP byelection winner Peggy Sattler.

"I'm a little disappointed because all the talk is around the Millions Jobs plan and I'm getting some pushback on it at the doors and I personally don't even believe that Mr. Hudak is in a position to create a million jobs — I don't believe the government creates jobs," Bennett said in the clip.

Both the NDP and Liberals were linking to the video and using it as a weapon pointed at what's been Hudak central pledge — to make tough changes, including cuts to the public sector and to corporate tax rates, that he says will lead to the creation of one million jobs in Ontario.

Bennett says the video edit take his comments out of context.

In a fuller video of his statement, Bennett, a seasoned financial planner, explains a Tory government would create jobs by reducing barriers that hurt the private sector.

"We need to create a better atmosphere for job creation and that's what our job is all about. It's not about our government creating jobs, it's about eliminating red tape . . . (The Liberal government is) making it difficult for job creators in Ontario to expand, to thrive . . . We need to change that, bringing electricity rates down, cutting the bureaucracy and lowering taxes."

jonathan.sher@sunmedia.ca

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