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

Bill Walker MPP

Statement:


For Immediate Release
June 28, 2017

Statement from Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker on the government’s announcement about northern and rural Ontario schools:

"I'm pleased the government has finally agreed to our call for a moratorium on school closures until the review process is reviewed and fixed. As always, I will hold the Liberals to account for their promises, which in this case would mean they reinstate the community impact back into PARG.
 
Let's not kid ourselves, this government and this Premier are highly motivated to make new promises to Ontarians with the next election less than a year away and after presiding over the largest school closures, 700 to-date, in our province's history. So let's remember, it's about actions, not words.
 
My heart still breaks for the communities whose hard-fought efforts to save local schools were ignored by this government. That includes Paisley, Markdale and the Agriculture Skills Major and secondary school at Chesley. I commend all of them for taking a stand and give them full credit for today's announcement. So above all else, this is truly their win.
 
I will be watching the government's next steps very closely as it concerns the outdated funding formula and holding their feet to the fire over any more closures across rural and Northern Ontario."
 
CONTACT: Ana Sajfert | ana.sajfert@pc.ola.org | 416-325-6242

 
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