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Re: Question political education promises, March 19
To the Editor:
I write in response to Jeff Shareck's comments on Dalton McGuinty's recent visit to Western. Shareck seems to believe McGuinty has been deliberately vague for months and has been attempting to fool university students in order to win the next election. He even manages to mock the iron clad guarantees McGuinty has made regarding education and suggests McGuinty is a man who cannot be trusted.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
McGuinty's promises on education have been clear. He will repeal Bill 160. He will, at a minimum, freeze all undergraduate tuition. He will re-regulate tuition fees for professional programs. He will pay tuition for all medical students who agree to work in underserviced areas after graduation.
He has also stated these are only the building blocks of his program and he will unveil a much more comprehensive package of post secondary education reform when the election is called. And when it comes to post secondary education issues, McGuinty is no novice. In fact, the first job he ever held in the Liberal caucus was critic for colleges and universities when Bob Rae was in power. Make no mistakes about it, he knows his stuff.
Now we all know "Mike the Knife" has more money than he knows what to do with and he is not afraid to spend it to warp and distort the truth about health care and education in this province. But in an election period, he will be strictly limited on how much he can spend. So when election time rolls around, you can count on more concrete proposals from the Ontario Liberal party and the only people they are going to scare are the Tories.