Boothe vs. Coyne spar over Hudak's million jobs plan

One 'Million Jobs Plan.' Two writers. And a whole lot of bad math. Let the Twitter spat ensue.

  1. With the June 12 Ontario election around the corner, public debate has focused on deconstructing Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak's "million jobs plan." Unfortunately, the math didn't quite add up, prompting former Saskatchewan deputy finance minister Paul Boothe to write about the lessons to be learned from the botched PC platform

    Boothe, who is currently a professor and director of the Lawrence Centre at Western University’s Ivey Business School, kicked off the morning with a 7 a.m. tweet about National Post writer Andrew Coyne's May 28 column on Hudak's platform.
  2. Coyne was also up before 8 a.m., and promptly defended his arguments. 
  3. They did agree on some matters, Boothe noted. A major point in Boothe's Maclean's article is that it's dangerous for political leaders to pledge to create jobs: "The private sector is the engine of job creation and it is subject to many more forces than just tax and regulatory changes. Governments play, at best, a supporting role."
  4. Meanwhile in the Twitterverse, a hashtag about that arithmetic was starting to heat up. More on that in a moment.
  5. Others started to chime in with comments.
  6. And questions.
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