Jaclynne Hamel statement re: NDP candidate’s comments on education system

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On Sunday, it was revealed that the NDP candidate for Sault Ste. Marie, Michele McCleave-Kennedy, does not support our province’s model of publicly funded education.

“As someone that has benefited from public education in Sault Ste. Marie, I find it concerning that a candidate running for public office would disregard the importance of our community’s different school boards,” said Jaclynne Hamel, Ontario Liberal candidate for Sault Ste. Marie.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Liberal Party is committed to continuing this model, which allows for public, French public, Catholic, and French Catholic. This education system remains one of the best in the world, and our student achievement continues to rise across our province.

“It is important to maintain these four systems in our province. Not only because these boards provide world-class education for students in Sault Ste. Marie, but because it is our constitutional duty to ensure that there are options for families that wish to have French or Catholic education.”

These comments by Ms. McCleave-Kennedy clearly undermine our constitutional requirements and disregard the unique roles fulfilled by our Catholic and French education systems.We know that all four of our publicly funded education systems are dedicated to ensuring all of our students achieve their full potential. For a candidate representing the NDP to advocate for one public school system is a clear disregard for the importance and value that these schools provide.

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