Weather

Current Conditions
-0.4 C
Light Snow
Today's Forecast
-2 C
Periods of light snow
Sponsored by Highland Ford

News And Views

Classifieds

Announcements

Entertainment

Shop Local

More Local

Search The Web

Google Search

Local News

NDP, teachers react to Throne Speech

Tuesday, February 19, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASES

ONTARIO NDP COMMUNICATIONS

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS' FEDERATION OF ONTARIO

*************************

Families need to see results, not vague promises: Horwath

QUEEN’S PARK – Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats, responded to today’s Throne Speech by saying the government needs to deliver results for families if they want New Democrat support for the coming budget.

“Families are feeling squeezed by tough times. They want government action that creates jobs, improves health care and makes life affordable while we balance the books,” said Horwath. “This Throne Speech has a lot of promising talk, but unless we see action in the coming budget, we won’t be able to support it.”

Horwath said the government’s Throne Speech was vague and lacked details or concrete plans to create jobs for youth, crack down on corporate tax loopholes, make auto insurance more affordable, and guarantee wait times for patients waiting for home care.

“Families need to see results in the upcoming budget or the government will not be able to rely on New Democrat support,” said Horwath.

*************************

TORONTO (February 19, 2013) - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) welcomes the approach of Ontario's new government toward building respect with its partners and building a society of inclusion as articulated in the Throne Speech.

"We look forward to working with this new government and appreciate the respect it has voiced for its partners in public services, including teachers," said ETFO President Sam Hammond. "While this commitment to respect is important, it will be the actions of the government that demonstrate what that really means.

"We are pleased that the government will continue the roll-out of full day Kindergarten across the province so that all children will have equal opportunity to get the best start in life.

"ETFO has repeatedly said that critical thinking, creativity, and a broadening of emphasis beyond numeracy and literacy to include science, math and technology is key to student success. The Throne Speech identified that as an education priority."

"The aspect of inclusion that was spoken of throughout the Throne Speech - from Aboriginal needs to building opportunities for those of all incomes, abilities, and new Canadians - sets an important example," added Hammond. "These issues of equity and equality of opportunity are important cornerstones of what we teach in our classrooms. That teaching is key to building a more inclusive society for all Ontarians."

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000 elementary public school teachers and education professionals across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.

*************************

 

Comments
5
Note: Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of SooToday.com. If you see an abusive post, please click the link beside the post to report it.
Sam C 2/19/2013 8:38:28 PM Report

Anyone else get the feeling that it wouldn't matter what Wynne promises -- or even accomplishes -- that Horvath is going to try and bring the government down no matter what.

Would be funny if that move backfires -- if she forces an election and then loses her seat.
I'm In 2/19/2013 11:06:37 PM Report

Sam C: Don't worry about Horwath she is leading in the poles, so that tells you the electorate is fed up with the Liberals mismanagement of this province and not planning for a rainy day, Horwath/Hudak aren't going to sit on their hands while Wynne and her Cabinet run the Province, thats what a minority government is, let me remind you that all parties have a say and they all have to agree or the Liberals reign is over - get it Sam C becuase the Libs. ruined this once great province with their fiscal mismanagement policies in the past 5 years or so as they didn't plan for a downturn.
cjborg 2/20/2013 8:45:44 AM Report

We know about the Fiberals wasteful mismanagement of our Province's scarce resorces.... i.e. Ornge, Gas Plant Cancellations, 35% increase to Teachers Salaries over the past 8 or so years, renewal energy (at any cost), Medical info mess....... just to mention a few.

I think the public need a newly elected government (soon I hope) that will honesty strive to enact:

1. Belivable solutions to the above mentioned bankrupting messes the Fiberals have left us with.
2. Cost effective, practical solutions and a belivable timetable for getting the province back in the black....

What we don't need are platforms of ill conceived empty promises that insult the public's intelligence....
Ricatoni 2/20/2013 12:53:54 PM Report

Sam C 2/19/2013 8:38:28 PM Report

Anyone else get the feeling that it wouldn't matter what Wynne promises -- or even accomplishes -- that Horvath is going to try and bring the government down no matter what.

LOL!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!! wow wake up pal were u been living??? name one thing the liberals have done to make our lifes better in this province one thing!!!!!! other than put us 100 of billions dollars in debt...... unbelievable comment.......I hope she does bring down these crooks they are a joke!!!!!!!!!
Just Curious 2/20/2013 3:51:13 PM Report

Ricatoni; it's all well to sit and critisize and say we need to do this and that but the things that need to be changed just cannot be because people would not stand to be inconvenienced in any way. The cuts that would have to be made would bring down any government that tried to make them. people just want altogether too much for free.Harris tried that and see where it got him. I ,personally,think we should step back about 50 years or so and start over but see how far that would get..
Comments
5
Note: Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of SooToday.com. If you see an abusive post, please click the link beside the post to report it.
Advertising | Membership | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | About SooToday.com | Contact Us | Feedback

Copyright ©2014 SooToday.com - All rights reserved