O'Toole pledges Conservatives would restore one million jobs within a year if elected

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OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says his government would restore one million jobs lost to the COVID-19 pandemic within a year.

He's also pledging to boost health-care funding to the provinces for mental health programs, and to bolster the supply of made-in-Canada medicines and vaccines.

O'Toole says a Conservative government would balance the budget over the next 10 years, and is also promising to scrap carbon taxes for "working Canadians."

The promises are in a speech O'Toole is giving at his party's virtual policy convention, the first since he became leader last year.

He told delegates the party can't win government simply by hoping for a divide on the left, as it has in the past, and needs to do more to attract a wider swath of voters.

Party members and elected MPs have been urging O'Toole to put more of the potential election platform in the window after months of the Tories being stuck in the polls.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 19, 2021.

Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press