Wynne delivers passionate defense of publicly funded schools

    Tory Still Dogged by Questionable Private School Scheme

    TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - At a debate today in Don Valley West, Kathleen
Wynne delivered a passionate defense of publicly funded schools.
    "We have made great strides for the two million children in publicly
funded schools. They are counting on us to keep moving forward, not backward,"
said Wynne. "John Tory's questionable private school scheme is just divisive."
    While Wynne, the Education Minister, put forward a clear vision on where
Ontario Liberals want to take the province in the next four years, John Tory
was forced on the defensive - yet again.
    Tory had to face tough questions about his scheme to take $500 million
out of public education and give it to private religious schools, and as
usual, couldn't explain how it would improve public education.
    Tory still hasn't explained:

    -  The true cost of his scheme - how many new schools would have to be
       built or how many new boards of education would be required;

    -  Who would have the final say on which religions would or would not get

    -  Why he continues to push this scheme, even though Ontarians -
       including at least a dozen of his own candidates - are overwhelmingly
       opposed to it.

    While Tory ducked, dodged, and weaved, Wynne laid out a clear plan to
keep Ontario moving forward by strengthening public education and public
healthcare, investing in new immigrants, and increasing our economic
    "John Tory just hasn't thought this through. Taking $500 million out of
publicly funded schools for private religious schools is the wrong way to go,"
said Wynne. "I hear every day from people in Don Valley West who are
questioning John Tory's judgment."

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