Ontario Progressive leader Tim Hudak made his first official campaign stop in the area on Monday.

It was his first stop here since the September 6th byelection was called last week.

He toured Waterloo’s DC Foods with Kitchener-Waterloo PC candidate Tracey Weiler and Kitchener-Conestoga PC MPP Michael Harris.

Hudak says under the McGuinty government 300,000 manufacturing jobs have disappeared in the province.

“Nobody wants to see Ontario turn into the Greece of Canada…That’s why we need to get spending under control today.” said Hudak.

The PC leader was also asked about the premier’s pledge to have shovels in the ground on a new Highway 7 by 2015. “What is this his fourth promise?…The $190-million that was blown on that gas plant in Mississauga, that alone could have got that highway going and almost completed.” replied Hudak.

Hudak will also be a guest on 570′s Jeff Allan Show at 2pm.

Premier McGuinty was in Waterloo on Friday. NDP Andrea Horwath has not visited since the byelection was called.

blair.adams@570news.rogers.com