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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Queen's Park

Bill Walker MPP

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 For Immediate Release
April 27, 2017

Education Minister unable to articulate mandate of her “listening” tour on school closures

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker pressed Education Minister Mitzie Hunter about the mandate of her government’s so-called “Listening Tour” of rural communities hit with mass school closures, but the Minister came up empty.

“The Minister can talk in circles about wanting to have conversations, but she is incapable of articulating what this exercise is all about: is it a real deal or much ado about nothing?”

Walker said he pressed the Minister in today’s Question Period to find out if her tour will include honest listening about a moratorium on school closures.

“Sadly, the Minister came up empty, again,” he said.

“How unwise and how disrespectful frankly that she would say she wants conversations when her mind is already made up,” Walker said. “I would have expected the conversations and listening to happen before she issued a decree that could see up to 600 schools close across the province.”

“She appears to be a walking-and-talking contradiction. On one hand she says she will listen to their concerns and ideas, but on another she won’t hear their call for a moratorium. On one hand she wants to seek solutions, but on another she is not open to change,” he said. “Unless she is takes action, her words will continue to ring hollow!”

Walker said a moratorium would allow the government to pursue the needed changes with the funding formula and reinstate the community impact in the schools review.

“Without these changes, this Liberal government will continue to destroy rural Ontario,” said Walker.   

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