Suspending the payroll tax for one year would encourage hiring and help the province recover some of the jobs that were lost during the recession last year, insisted provincial opposition leader Tim Hudak.
“Why in the world you’d want to tax somebody when they are hiring during a job crisis is beyond me,” Hudak said yesterday after meeting with a group of Ottawa-area small business owners to discuss job creation. “We need to get companies hiring again.”
Hudak said Ontario is falling behind the rest of Canada when it comes to creating jobs. Part of the party’s small business jobs plan calls for a suspension of the land transfer tax to help people purchase new homes and spur construction-based jobs and work to eliminate what the party deems as unnecessary regulations on small business.
Another important step is to stop the Harmonized Sales Tax, said Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod.
One of the business owners who met with Hudak, John Dickie, chair of the Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization, said the PC party has an opportunity to differentiate itself from the other parties with regards to creating incentives for people to work.