Doug Ford's government is out of control. He is wasting money left and right, cancelling contracts that cost us billions, and trying to "brand" Ontario as an anything goes province, while selling out our healthcare and our education.
What government thinks that the best way to save money is to attack sick people and children? That's what bullies do. Pick on the weak and the small. That is not what Ontario stands for.
On April 11th, the Conservatives are set to hit our education system with 1 billion in cuts. Our children are not commodities. The goal of education isn't to make money. Education is for the creation of a healthy society. Attacking education destroys our future.
We are in for higher drop out rates. Higher failure rates. Poorer scores. Less diversity. Fewer choices. Less graduates. And higher youth suicide rates.
With the present plan, it is estimated that 5,000 teachers and thousands of support workers will lose their jobs. Taking adults out of our school system makes it harder to protect our kids. If there are 30-40% less adults in the building, who is looking after the students? We are endangering our kids physically, emotionally and psychologically.
This is not what we expect from a Conservative government. There is nothing conservative about this plan.
Under this plan, 25% of the courses currently offered will be eliminated. Art, tech, trades, music, phys ed, university-level sciences, drama - all of them will be on the chopping block. This plan will devastate our education system.
Cuts to education now mean higher taxes down the road.
We should not be looking to the US as our education model. The US ranks 38th out of 71 developed countries in the world!
Ford is paving the way to creating a two-tier education system, stripping money out of public education so it offers only the very basics, and opening up our system to privatization, which puts more money in the pockets of billionaires. Anyone who can afford it will have to choose Charter schools, leaving our most vulnerable kids out in the cold. Our kids deserve better.
If you want a complete analysis of what these cuts will do, please read this article.
Mr. Ford either doesn't understand the implications of what he is proposing, or doesn't care. Either one is unacceptable in a premier.
Mr. Ford is is not taking care of the people but taking advantage of them.
Tell your MPP that our kids are NOT commodities. Write or call your MPP today - or do both. We must send the message that we won't tolerate the destruction of public education.
Thank you for helping to protect our children, and our future.