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Working On The Side Of Families

McGuinty Government Making Progress On Education, Health Care And Prosperity For People

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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today said his government is working on the side of families by making public education the best education, delivering quality health care when and where people need it and building opportunity for all.

"We're on the side of families -- which means our goals as a government match the dreams people have for themselves and their children," said Premier McGuinty. "We're reducing class sizes and improving test scores, cutting wait times and improving access to postsecondary education so everyone has a fair shot at success."

Premier McGuinty made his comments on the last day of the legislative session and highlighted some of the progress that has been made for families over the past several months such as:

  • Investing an additional $600 million -- for a total of $17.5 billion -- in Ontario schools to reduce class sizes in the early grades, boost test scores in reading, writing and math, and help more high school students graduate
  • Improving access to health care for families by reaching the government's goal of creating 150 Family Health Teams across Ontario
  • Making Ontario healthier by passing the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which took effect May 31 and makes enclosed public places and workplaces 100 per cent smoke free
  • Introducing legislation that would ensure students keep learning to age 18 or graduation through creative incentives that realize students' individual potential, and unique enforcements to prevent them from dropping out
  • Attracting a total of almost $7 billion in new investment in the auto sector, which has helped create thousands of new jobs and
  • Ensuring every person gets a fair shot at success by investing almost $14 million in 24 new bridge training programs to help more than 3,000 skilled newcomers make the most of their education and abilities.

"We're on the side of families who want the best public education for their children, who want the best health care, and who want to find success in Ontario," said Premier McGuinty. "We have more to do and we'll continue working together with Ontarians to build opportunity for all."

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