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May 10, 2005

Private Schools a "Bad Habit": Liberal Education Minister

(Queen's Park)    Opposition Education Critic, Frank Klees today called on Education Minister Gerard Kennedy to apologize to the more than 100,000 Ontario students who attend private schools for his remarks in the legislature today when he referred to private schools as a "bad habit" of the previous government.

"This minister continues to show his lack of respect for the office he holds, and

by insulting the thousands of Ontario students with his remarks today, he has demonstrated that he has not made the transition from partisan politician to a Minister of the Crown," said Klees following Question Period today.

"As Minister, Mr. Kennedy has a responsibility to represent all education stakeholders in the province, whether he agrees with them on a partisan level

or not," said Klees.

Klees pointed out that private schools have played an important role in the province over the years, and have always been respected for the contribution they make to Ontario's education system.

"This reckless comment by the Minister is an afront to every student, parent and educator involved in the private school system in Ontario. I call on the Minister to publicly apologize to the students, parents and educators of Ontario's private schools," said Klees.

 

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For further information:

Frank Klees, MPP

416-325-7316