TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Dalton McGuinty, trying to shed his image as a
promise-breaker of epic proportions, today claimed he had kept the "majority"
of his promises.
He cited the promise to place a hard cap on class sizes in the early
years as proof.
This will come as a surprise to the more than one-third of Ontario
students in junior kindergarten through Grade 3 who are in classes of more
than 20 students.
Here are the facts:
- On April 24, 2001, Dalton McGuinty promised that "No class in junior
kindergarten through grade 3 will have more than 20 students"
- In March 2002, he said, "I will cap class sizes from JK through to
Grade 3 at 20. This will be a real cap. It will be a hard cap. I'm
not talking, you won't have 31 students, you won't have 21 students,
you won't have 20.5 students, you'll have 20 students" (Speech to the
Ontario Catholic English Teachers Association, March 2002).
- In his 2003 election platform he said, "We will put in place a real
cap of 20 students per class in the all-important early grades."
- According to Dalton McGuinty's own numbers, 35% of Ontario's students
in junior kindergarten to grade 3 are in classes of more than 20
This is just one of many, many promises that Dalton McGuinty was quick to
make and failed to keep.
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For further information: Mike Van Soelen, (647) 722-1760