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For Immediate Release

                                                                                                 November 24, 2004                       



(Queen's Park)     Frank Klees, MPP for Oak Ridges and Opposition Education Critic, today called on the Premier and Minister of Education to show leadership in addressing the issue of students gambling in Toronto schools.

"I was shocked and disappointed when I heard the Premier yesterday simply laugh it off when he heard the report that children are gambling in our schools," said Klees.   "This is a government that sees fit to tell parents what their children should eat at school but they are not prepared to take action with something as insulting as knowing that our children are learning how to gamble in an environment that should be there for academic excellence"

Premier McGuinty was questioned about the issue yesterday when the media revealed that students were playing "Texas Hold 'Em Poker" at schools and in some cases in the classrooms.   After stating that it was an issue for parents, school boards and students themselves, McGuinty was asked what could be done about it from the provincial level.   The Premier laughed and said "What do you want me to do, send in the OPP?"

During Members' Statements in the Legislature, Klees added, "I believe that every parent wants this Premier and this Minister of Education to show leadership, to hold principals and teachers accountable for what is going on in the schools.   If they can tell kids what to eat, surely they can come to their support and ensure that schools are a place for excellence in learning, not a breeding ground for tomorrow's gambling addicts."



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Frank Klees, MPP