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For Immediate Release
August 29, 2006

Withdraw Bill 52 ! PC Education Critic

(Queen’s Park) PC Education Critic, Frank Klees (Oak Ridges) called on the McGuinty government to withdraw what he calls "legislation that is punitive, ill-conceived and will prove to be counter-productive".

The proposed Bill would force students to stay in school until the age of 18 and will strip dropouts of their driver’s licence.

Klees' statement came following the first day of public hearings in Whitchurch-Stouffville where the legislative committee heard from parents, educators and education stakeholders who repeatedly condemned the legislation as punitive, unworkable and unfair.

"There is a strong consensus that this legislation is not only flawed, but that it will prove to be impossible to administer, and in the final analysis sends all the wrong messages to students about Ontario ’s education system. This legislation should be withdrawn before any more of our time is wasted deliberating on this Bill," said Klees following today's hearings.

Klees pointed out that no one objects to the goal of encouraging students to complete their education, the stripping of driver’s licences should not be tied to a student's success in the classroom.

“Attendance in school has nothing to do with the privilege to drive, and to tie the two together is fundamentally wrong" said Klees. “This government is once again assuming the role of being the "official parent" and that is an intrusion Ontarians will, and should reject."

Klees pointed out that the OSSTF is also opposed to the punitive measures in the Bill.

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Please contact:

Frank Klees, MPP
416-325-7316

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