Premier Dalton McGuinty: Keep Publicly Funded Education Moving Forward To
Secure The Best Jobs And Prosperity For Sudbury
SUDBURY, ON, Sept. 14 /CNW/ - Liberal Sudbury candidate Rick Bartolucci
and Nickel Belt candidate Ron Dupuis understand that quality public education
leads to quality jobs and a great quality of life for families, says Premier
"Rick and Ron want to continue the progress we've made, together with the
people of this community, strengthening public education in the Sudbury area,"
said McGuinty at a breakfast speech in the city today. "It's the most
important thing we're doing to ensure Ontario can prosper, it's the most
important thing we're talking about in this campaign, and it's the thing most
at risk in this campaign."
"The key to Sudbury's future prosperity is the skills and education of
its workforce," said Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Liberal
candidate in Sudbury, Rick Bartolucci. "When we invest in our public schools
today, we create opportunity for our young people tomorrow."
"We're moving our public schools forward in the North," said Ron Dupuis,
Liberal candidate in Nickel Belt. "Funding per pupil is up $3,200, test scores
are up 10 per cent and our plan is to build on this progress by reaching every
student with homework help and other new resources."
"Rick and Ron get it when it comes to publicly funded, publicly delivered
education. The jobs of the future will go to the places with the best-educated
and most highly skilled people. That's one of the reasons why we've been
working to improve publicly funded schools, because we want those jobs for our
families and our future," McGuinty said.
"The Conservatives don't get it. After years of cuts and strife, under
first the NDP and then the Conservatives, our schools are finally getting
better. The Conservative plan to take money out of publicly funded schools for
private religious schools is not just a threat to the viability of northern
and rural schools today, it's a direct threat to northern and rural prosperity
On his first swing through Northern Ontario, McGuinty laid out his
government's plan to strengthen transportation, forestry, mining and health
care in Northern Ontario, including Sudbury.
"We refocused the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to put the
emphasis on jobs.
And $320 million from the fund has leveraged $1 billion in private
investment -- and created or sustained more than 9,000 jobs across the North.
That's why we're going to increase its funding from $60 million to $100
million a year.
"What we want for the North is what you want for the North - prosperity
that lasts. And the key to investment and jobs and growth for the long term is
investing our energies and our focus and our precious public dollars in our
publicly funded, publicly delivered education system."
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