Sunday, May 6, 2007

A vote against my daughter

I decided to write to the Premier and ask him to consider changing the governments policy as part of their election platform. I explained that the burden was hard on the Jewish community and it is causing people to leave the province (aka make Aliyah).

Thanks for your online message regarding education funding. I value your views and appreciate your taking the time to share them.

I passionately believe that universally accessible, high-quality public education is the cornerstone of a just society and the key to our long-term prosperity. And our government believes in excellent public education for all our children: we want to ensure they get the tools they need to succeed. That's why our number one priority is to invest in public education and make needed improvements.

My colleagues and I remain committed to providing a public education system that's open to all students regardless of religious or cultural background. Our goal is to make Ontario's public education the best. As we work toward that goal, we'll continue to uphold our constitutional obligations and fund public and separate schools fully.

Our government recognizes that there are many hard-working families who make sacrifices to send their children to faith-based schools. We have the utmost respect for your views and those of other Ontarians who disagree with our government's stance on funding for independent or religious schools. However, we remain deeply committed to restoring confidence in and stability to our public education system.

Thanks again for contacting me. Your input is always welcome.

Dalton McGuinty
Premier of Ontario

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