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Duly Quoted: Dalton McGuinty

The "Education Premier" makes his case for scaling back teacher compensation.

“It’s disappointing the New Democrats have chosen a pay raise for teachers instead of preserving progress in the classroom. The Progressive Conservatives, for their part, have been very clear. They would cancel full-day kindergarten. Both positions are shortsighted.”

—Premier Dalton McGuinty, writing in the Globe and Mail about ongoing tensions surrounding negotions with Ontario’s teachers. The minority Liberals, with the backing of the Progressive Conservatives, are legislating a wage freeze and benefit reductions as part of their attempt to eliminate the deficit.

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  • vampchick21

    Ok, I’m confused. I though the teacher’s union was fine with the pay freeze, it was the reduction of sick days and the removal of the right to strike that was at issue here (and I imagine the NDP would agree). Why is all the focus on the item that’s not at issue?

    • Anonymous

      Classic misdirection?

      • vampchick21

        That’s what I’m suspecting.

    • Anonymous

      Wasn’t that just the Catholic School Board?

      • Anonymous

        The TCDSB teachers have yet to ratify the contract, but the board didn’t put up a fight at the time (perhaps because GSAs were still in the news).

  • Anonymous

    “In a competitive, global economy, there is no greater advantage than having highly educated people.”

    So shouldn’t we be investing MORE into education?

    • OgtheDim

      Sure…..and where does the investment go? Teacher benefits or……

      • Anonymous

        There’s no “or” in “education investment”

  • Anonymous

    Dalton’s right, teachers should be expected to pay for austerity measures while banks continue to post record profits and Canadian corporations sit on half a trillion in uninvested cash, because it’s those fat teacher pay cheques that caused the recession.

    • Anonymous

      Canadian banks are highly profitable because they didn’t cause the recession either. And companies are hoarding cash to make sure they survive the extremely likely breakup of the Eurozone (and subsequent global slowdown), probably a month or two away now. Not clear what your point is.

      • Anonymous

        Do you know what I will be able to do with my 5 euros or so in change if the Eurozone breaks up? I’m worried because that’s most of my savings.

      • Anonymous

        “global slowdown”

        You misspelled “meltdown”…

      • Anonymous

        My point is taking out austerity measures on the working class is pretty shitty when a certain other class is rolling in dough instead of spending it.

        • Anonymous

          It’s shameful to save prudently for bad times? This is your point? I would direct you to the parable of the ant and the grasshopper.

          • Anonymous

            Who said anything about saving? Cutting != saving . The money isn’t going to sit in an ING account and collect daily interest.

            If “In a competitive, global economy, there is no greater advantage than having highly educated people.” Then in bad times he’s PURPOSELY putting ALL Ontarions at a disadvantage.

          • Anonymous

            Closing all the hospitals would save money too, would that be prudent?

  • fawkes

    what i got to say is the government shouldn’t be trying to underhand the teachers in public schools! Class room sizes are going up ( back in the late 90s it was reaching 30+ students a classroom) now it most likely to hit 40.we need our teachers and treating them badly or trying to underhand them will not do us any good here in ontario!