NDP legislator calls for probe of newspaper ads criticizing teachers’ unions

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TORONTO — The Ontario NDP are calling for an investigation into what they call a series of anti-teacher advertisements that ran in three national newspapers over the weekend.

NDP ethics critic Taras Natyshak says the full-page advertisements violate the province’s election spending rules with two byelections currently underway in several Ottawa-area ridings.

The advertisements, from a group calling itself Vaughan Working Families, say parents support the government during a tense round of contract talks with provincial teachers’ unions.

Natyshak says the advertisements mimic government speaking points and alleges partisan supporters may have purchased them.

All four major unions have been engaged in escalating job actions in recent weeks as bargaining with the government appears to have made little progress.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.