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Flawed process for OPP Commissioner appointment must be fixed

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QUEEN’S PARK — Mike Schreiner released the following statement following the release of Integrity Commissioner J. David Wake’s report regarding Premier Doug Ford:

“I want to thank the Integrity Commissioner for conducting a thorough investigation; an investigation that validates my position that the hiring process for the OPP Commissioner was deeply flawed.

The separation of political interference from the police is a fundamental principle of our democracy. It separates us from countries where corrupt leaders use the police to do their dirty work.

Just today, the Premier threatened to go to the OPP against the opposition. How would it look if the Premier’s close family friend had to make the call on whether to answer the Premier’s request for an investigation?

It’s obvious to everyone but the Premier that it is wrong for him to hire a family friend to lead the OPP.

It is wrong for the Premier to pick and choose which parts of this report he likes.

We need MPPs from all parties to work on legislation to implement the Commissioner’s recommendations to fix the flawed process that led to this scandal in the first place.”

Bigger classrooms won’t benefit students

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QUEEN’S PARK — Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner released this statement following Minister Thompson’s appearance on CBC’s Metro Morning today:

“Increasing class sizes will lead to job cuts and fewer teachers to educate students.

It’s absurd for the Minister of Education to claim that increasing class sizes for high school students will be to their benefit.

The reality of a dramatic 27% increase in class sizes will mean less individual attention. It will mean fewer teachers to support more students.

I’m worried that the government is selling an illusion of ‘modernizing’ our school system, while making cuts that will only worsen the classroom experience and lessen the quality of public education.”

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