Horwath Gets an 'F' on Education

TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Three months ago at the NDP convention, Andrea Horwath issued a platform that didn't have a single commitment on K-12 education. When she was asked about the lack of education policies, Horwath responded "you'll see us talking about that a little bit more over the next couple of months." (media scrum, June 25, 2011)

One month ago at the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario Annual Meeting, Horwath was asked again about her lack of education policies and said, "Well again our full platform will be coming out in a couple of weeks on education." (media scrum, August 17, 2011)

Earlier this month, Horwath said, "We haven't released our education policy yet.  It's coming very soon." (media scrum, September 12, 2011)

And at her official campaign launch, when asked where her education platform was, Horwath responded: "Oh, we're going to be releasing it in a couple of days.  We've had it prepared and as I said earlier when we launched our campaign we are going to be, when I launched our platform- we're going to be rolling out things throughout the campaign period.  So uh- the education platform is on its way." (media scrum, September 7, 2011)

Today, Horwath's NDP released their full platform costing, and it turns out that their "full platform" on education consists of two items: "more teacher specialists" and "guidelines for school fundraising and eliminate high school course fees."

Education is the second biggest line-item in the budget and the single most important thing that any government can invest in to ensure future prosperity and a brighter future for our kids. And Andrea Horwath's NDP has nothing to say, instead focusing on populist policies that sell out their roots.

Only Ontario Liberals have a plan that will improve public education and move Ontario forward, together.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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