Mr. McGuinty acknowledged the cost of some promises.This is on top of his January promise to offer full-day kindergarten in Ontario, a plan likely to cost $1.5 billion:
"We're going to have to find a way to fund those 20,000 [new post-secondary] spaces," he said. "That's not going to be an easy thing.
"But the last thing I want to do is say 'well, there's a recession, so all those young people and people who have lost their jobs or who want to go to college ... sorry, there's no money for you.' I just think that would be a terrible mistake."
But the $1.5-billion plan is already being met with skepticism from critics who say it is being implemented too quickly and at a cost to other "basic" education needs at a time when the province should be focusing on reducing its $24.7-billion deficit.This is insanity. Tim Hudak had better have a plan to clean up the mess when this financially and ideologically bankrupt government finally expires and the corpse eventually stops twitching.
"This is one of the most ill-conceived and badly thought-through programs the province has ever announced," said Irene Atkinson, trustee for Parkdale-High Park in the Toronto District School Board. "When I hear the province has $1.5-billion to introduce this new vote-getting program, I'm appalled. You should pay your basic fundamental bills before introducing something like this."
UPDATE: Tim Hudak piles on:
“Our economy may have fallen apart — but our lawns are perfectly pesticide free,” said Hudak. “Our factories may be closing — but Ontario is protected from the menace of the plastic grocery bag.”