June 8, 2018
While the newly elected Progressive Conservative government has come to office without a fully costed platform leading to many uncertainties, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will continue to advocate for Ontario students, educators and public services that the majority of families need.
“Andrea Horwath’s NDP ran a principled campaign that demonstrated the party’s commitment to public education and public services. That resonated with voters across the province as the party almost doubled their seats,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond.
“ETFO’s first priority is to stand up for Ontario students and educators and ensure that all students have the support and learning environment they need to succeed. We will continue to advocate for, and defend, the necessary investments in public education that are needed to ensure a high quality education system. We will also work with all parties and education stakeholders to maintain the instructional excellence and curriculum initiatives that best prepare our students for a successful future.”
“Well-funded public services like education, health care and child care are critical for working people and families to lead a decent life. We will stand with the government opposition party to prevent any further corporate tax cuts that would erode those services while benefiting the wealthiest.”
“It will be equally important to stand up for the rights of workers and the human rights of all people, both of which have been eroded by recent conservative governments at provincial and federal levels,” added Hammond.
ETFO is committed to building better schools. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at buildingbetterschools.ca. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 81,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.
For more information, contact ETFO Media Relations: Valerie Dugale, 1-888-838-3836 x2331, cell 416-948-0195, firstname.lastname@example.org @ETFOMedia