NORTH YORK—With the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation staging another one-day strike action, Michael Coteau MPP for Don Valley East and Ontario Liberal leadership candidate, released the following statement:
“As rookie Minister Stephen Lecce focuses on spin on social media and visits to TV studios, students are once again out of class. Enough is enough. Premier Ford himself needs to step in for his rookie Minister, bargain in good faith and reverse the cuts to our classrooms.
This labour dispute has gone on long enough, and with the holiday season soon upon us, I reiterate that the time has come for the Premier to show leadership and personally negotiate a deal in a manner that respects the collective-bargaining process.
With yesterday’s news that fixes to the Ontario Autism Program are delayed until 2021, it remains clear Premier Ford is refusing to invest in education and our children.
OSSTF, for their part, wants to ensure Ontario continues to have high-quality education and the best possible learning environments for our students.
As OSSTF stands up for our children, families and communities, they deserve our support in the fight versus the Ford government's callous and short-sighted cuts."
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