Premier Dalton McGuinty: Keep Publicly Funded Education Moving Forward to
Secure The Best Jobs
KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Waterloo Region's Liberal candidates
understand that quality public education leads to quality jobs and a great
quality of life for families, says Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Each of these candidates has chosen to enter public life because they're
dedicated to the people of this region, and they want to improve the public
services families depend on," said McGuinty.
"They 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," he said.
"The Conservatives don't get it. How else do you explain that now, just
when we're making progress, after years of cuts and conflict under first the
NDP and then the Tories, just when our schools are better, they want to take
half a billion dollars out of publicly funded schools, and divert that money
to private, religious schools?"
The Premier urged campaign workers to work as hard as they can to elect
all five local Liberal candidates in the October 10th election: incumbents
John Milloy from Kitchener-Centre and Liz Sandals from Guelph and the three
new candidates who say they've decided to enter public life because they want
the province to keep moving forward: Kitchener-Conestoga candidate Leeanna
Pendergast, Cambridge candidate Kathryn McGarry and Kitchener-Waterloo
candidate Louise Ervin.
Liberal candidate John Milloy, running for re-election in Kitchener
Centre, has worked hard to bring a new satellite school of medicine to
downtown Kitchener, a new school of pharmacy to the University of Waterloo and
a new faculty of education to Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a tireless
promoter of Waterloo as a site for research, innovation and commercialization.
Guelph's Liz Sandals has a passion and involvement with public education
that goes back twenty years. When the Ontario Principals' Council created a
new award honouring outstanding contributions to education in Ontario, Liz was
their first recipient.
Kitchener-Conestoga Leeanna Pendergast brings years of experience as a
teacher, vice-principal and education consultant, helping to launch the Safe
Schools Initiative and the Breakfast Program for Needy Students.
Cambridge Liberal candidate Kathryn McGarry is a nurse, volunteer and
activist who successfully fought the Conservative plan to close her local
secondary school in Cambridge.
And Louise Ervin, Liberal candidate in Kitchener-Waterloo, is a long-time
trustee and advocate for public education, member of the Waterloo Task Force
on Youth and volunteer for adults with disabilities.
"The jobs of the future go to places that strengthen the skills and
education of our people. Our ability to build on progress in public education
and our ability to do more in the years ahead: that's what's at stake in this
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