Toronto, ON, May 10, 2018 - With Ontario voters appearing overwhelmingly to believe
it's time for change, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is supporting
change that works for people across the province promised by the New Democratic
Ninety-eight ETFO local leaders from across the province heard first-hand from NDP
leader Andrea Horwath today on measures the party will take to ensure that Ontario
families get the services they need.
"It's clear that Ontarians believe it's time for change after 15 years of Liberal
government," said ETFO President Sam Hammond. "If Ontarians want change that is
going to truly better their lives, it's not through more corporate tax cuts and
$6 billion in cuts to government services that the Doug Ford Conservatives are promising."
"We need a government that has the courage to do what's needed to make life affordable
and provide better public services for the majority of Ontarians. Horwath's NDP
will reverse the deep corporate tax cuts for large corporations and bring in measures
to ensure the wealthiest individuals are paying their fair share, something that
the Wynne Liberals wouldn't do."
The NDP is promising to conduct a review of Ontario's funding formula and end EQAO
testing, invest in repairing crumbling schools and base special education funding
on actual student needs. These are critical changes that ETFO and other education
stakeholders have called for to improve the province's education system.
"Ford's commitment to cut $6 billion in government expenditure can only lead to
serious cuts in education and other services. We've seen what happens when populists
like Doug Ford rail against all forms of government. The wealthiest corporations
and individuals benefit while average people lose the services they need to look
after themselves and their families."
"Educators see the effects of poverty and economic inequality on students and their
families every day. Ontarians need decent work, a well-funded education system and
better public services like pharmacare, dental care and child care to get ahead.
Andrea Horwath's NDP will move all of us forward."
ETFO is committed to building better schools. Its Building Better Schools education
agenda can be viewed at
buildingbetterschools.ca. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
represents 81,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education
professionals across the province.