The candidate representing the Tories in Timiskaming-Cochrane says big issues facing the riding are the cost of hydro, jobs and healthcare.

Margaret Williams says Liberal red tape and policies have cost Ontario 300,000 manufacturing jobs.

Williams says it’s no secret that if you want to create jobs, you start by lowering business taxes.

Williams says a Tory government would lower business taxes by one percent to 10.5 percent.

She says when businesses pay less taxes, there’s an incentive for them to create jobs.

Williams says there’s a reason why Ontario enjoyed more than four decades of P.C. rule.

She says under leaders like former Premier Bill Davis, the Tories were known as the Big Blue Machine because their policies made Ontario the economic engine of Canada.

Williams says the Liberals have turned healthcare into a shambles.

However she says the Tories plan to turn that around with measures like creating 15,000 long-term care beds within five years and increasing that to 30,000 beds over 10 years.

On Wednesday, we will post comments from the Green Party candidate, Shawn Poirier.