A few weeks ago, some Liberal MPPs were visibly embarrassed when Finance Minister Dwight Duncan attacked Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory in the Legislature for laying off staff when he ran Rogers Cable.
Some even sent private notes to Tory outlining their discomfort with the misguided strategy.
Still, Premier Dalton McGuinty has embraced the tactic, quoting from Liberal researcher’s figures on Tory’s time at the unloved cable giant.
"Apparently, the champion of the working people here has undergone some kind of a conversion on the road to becoming leader of the official opposition," McGuinty charged Wednesday after the PC Leader railed at him for manufacturing job losses in Ontario.
"But again, in 2002, when he presided over a company that laid off people by the hundreds on an annual basis, he said at that time, ‘It’s a sign of the times. Most businesses today are finding that they have to reduce their costs and that includes, unfortunately,’ what he characterized as ‘people costs,’" the premier said.
Unfortunately for McGuinty, his party’s brain trust hasn’t done all of its homework, according to gleeful Conservative researchers.
Between 1997 and 2002, while running Rogers Cable, Tory created 2,153 net new jobs and even in the year of the layoffs scores of people were hired.