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Appointment of Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities: A statement from OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof

June 20, 2019 — The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation congratulates Ross Romano on his appointment as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

OSSTF/FEESO will be reaching out to Minister Romano in an effort to establish a meaningful dialogue and a productive relationship.

We hope that Minister Romano will bring a fresh perspective to his new portfolio. We will implore him to listen not only to the front-line education workers we represent in universities around Ontario, but also to the well-founded outrage expressed by students over the Ford government’s recent changes to tuition and student loan structures.  And we hope he will understand that those changes – changes which will hurt students and remove hundreds of millions of dollars in post-secondary funding – have only amplified Ontario’s already unenviable distinction as the province in Canada with the lowest per-student funding for its universities.

We will be looking to Minister Romano not for a defense of the government’s misguided actions to date, but for an indication that the Ford government is finally willing to understand and support the needs of post-secondary students in Ontario. 

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