Wynne Vows Change of Tone in Education
The premier-designate is vowing change in the province's education system, both in tone and in process.
In her first public speech since being given the nod by her party, Kathleen Wynne spoke to a room filled with around 150 trustees from the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) on Friday.
She received two standing ovations, one as she entered the room and another after her speech. Wynne told the crowd those in the education sector are respected .and she wants them to have a voice.
The former Education Minister mentioned change over and over again in her speech and those at the Sheraton Centre seemed to believe it.
Toronto District School Board trustee Howard Goodman took over for Wynne in the Eglinton-Lawrence area. He brushed aside the fact that she's part of the same party that heavily controlled the education system over the past year, imposing contracts on teachers and giving boards a strict framework for negotiations. He says he believes in Wynne and her commitment to the education system.
Wynne also noted that she hopes she can work with NDP Andrea Horwath in helping to make sure youth are ready to enter the workforce with youth employment strategies.
Former president of the OPSBA and current NDP MPP Catherine Fife called the name drop refreshing and encouraging that Wynne reached out to Horwath in this regard.
This speech comes after meeting with teacher union heads earlier in the week.