Publicly Funded Education And A Skilled Workforce Key To High Quality Jobs

    McGuinty Says 2,000 Jobs At Toyota Thanks To The High Skills Of Ontario
    Workers And Progress In Ontario's Public Schools

    WOODSTOCK, ON, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty thanked Toyota
today for its vote of confidence in the skills of Ontario workers and the
progress made in Ontario's publicly funded schools.
    "Today we celebrate 2,000 direct jobs, thousands of spinoff jobs - great,
high paying jobs that will last, jobs that make our province stronger, and our
communities stronger and our families stronger, and I want to thank our
friends at Toyota, from the bottom of my heart, for choosing Ontario," said
    "Winning this plant is a victory for the people of Ontario. For the
quality of the work they do and for the work they're willing to put into
educating and equipping our kids for the future," said McGuinty.
    "We got this plant because Toyota gets it: tomorrow's prosperity belongs
to the places that invest in the education and skills of their people - the
places that come together to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn,
to compete, to find success."
    "Kids who are in the early grades right now - who will have fully
benefited from lower class sizes, higher test scores and supports like
homework help - will be the highly skilled, highly educated workers companies
like Toyota will need," he said.
    Premier McGuinty also said that the Conservatives' plan to divert
$500 million out of public education into private, religious schools will harm
Ontario's ability to attract such investment in the future - and puts our
economy at risk.
    Just when our schools are starting to turn the corner after eight years
of Conservative cuts and chaos - and just when companies like Toyota are
betting on the future of our kids and the skills and education of our people -
the Conservatives want to take us backwards.
    "Along with public health care, a strong, publicly funded education
system is the best way to ensure that companies continue to invest in
Ontario's future for years to come. We need to keep moving forward - to
continue investing in publicly funded education - to continue strengthening
our economy by strengthening the education and skills of our people."

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