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Ontario Liberals spent $1.6M in anti-bullying and autism funds to battle school bus companies: lawsuit

The Ontario government used $1.6-million of education funds — meant for programs such as anti-bullying and autism awareness campaigns — on legal fees for school boards and large school bus companies, according to court documents filed Monday.

A group of small school bus operators allege that the Liberal government had been using the money to pay two private legal firms representing the defendants.

Eight school bus operators took Ontario school boards and their transportation consortia to court in 2012 to challenge a new process created by the government for awarding school bus contracts through Requests For Proposals (RFPs), which they argued was unfair for smaller service companies.

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