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article imageOntario Premier announces 30 percent post-secondary tuition cuts Special

By Andrew Moran     Nov 17, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty visited an east-end Toronto high school Thursday where he talked about the province's post-secondary tuition cuts, his government's success regarding education and the future economy.
Known for years as the “education premier,” Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has focused much of his tenure on education. Throughout the campaign trail this past election; the premier highlighted his many accomplishments and his goals for the next four years.
Speaking at Don Mills Collegiate Institute in the east-end of Toronto, McGuinty announced his 30 percent university and college tuition cuts starting on Jan. 1, 2012. Each Ontario family with an income of up to $160,000 will receive a $1,600 grant for each university student and $730 per college student.
This grant will be available for up to four years for a full-time undergraduate program, which would apply to 86 percent of students.
Once fully implemented, the grant will cost the province approximately $423 million annually.
Sitting alongside Don Valley East Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament Michael Coteau, McGuinty highlighted the importance of education to the economy, and as a form of enriching individual lives.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty speaking to students at Don Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty speaking to students at Don Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
“Here I am, sitting in front of you today as premier of the greatest province in the best country in the world and that’s especially because of education,” said the premier, who also spoke in jest of letting the students take the rest of the day off.
“One of the things I have been so committed to as premier is to ensure every young person growing up in any household of Ontario has access to the best hospital, education for a whole bunch of reasons.”
He cited the youth unemployment rate, which officially stands at 15 percent, but he noted that if you obtain a university or a college education or a skilled-trade apprenticeship then it is only between five and six percent.
“We have been working really hard to get test scores up in elementary schools, to get the graduate rates up and I think we have gone up from 68 to 81 percent of young people graduating from high school,” added McGuinty. “I think you’ve probably all heard the stories about how challenging it is in the global economy these days. We want to make sure people will continue to grow our economy and get good jobs and that’s why we’re going to continue to invest in your education.”
Africentric High School & Banning Balls
Speaking to reporters following the media event, the premier was asked on a range of issues, including the recent Toronto District School Board decision to approve an Africentric high school that will begin in autumn 2012 or 2013.
McGuinty said that his government is working on a bigger picture and that is to make the children of Ontario stronger, including getting test scores and graduation rates up. But he noted that he will leave the Africentric high school choice up to the school boards.
When asked about the principal of Earl Beatty Public School banning balls after a parent suffered a concussion from being hit with a soccer ball, the premier said the principal “has every right to do so.”
However, McGuinty conceded that “it won’t go far” and “balls will be back in school.”
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