QUEEN’S PARK—Ontario NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky released the following statement in response to the Ontario Superior Courts ruling in favour of the Charter challenge to Bill 115:
“Yesterday’s ruling proves what Ontarians knew all along, Bill 115 had nothing to do with “putting students first”. Instead it violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, interfered with collective bargaining rights and threw our schools into chaos – and it’s parents and education workers who have, and will, pay the price.
The 2012-2013 school year was filled with frustration and uncertainty, these aren’t the conditions under which students can focus on learning but each time this government acts out of their own self-interest, our children’s education is compromised.
While Premier Kathleen Wynne is now trying to distance herself from this legislation, education workers know where she stood four years ago and they know that her government tabled back to work legislation just last year. Like Bill 115, Bill 103 was supported by both the Liberal and Conservative parties. It’s time for the government to apologize to education workers, parents and students for the chaos they’ve had to endure over the last four years in our education system.”