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Greens want to merge Ontario school boards

The party unveils its provincial election campaign platform

They may not be high on your radar but there is another provincial party that wants your attention - and it's doing it by proposing to merge the province's school boards.

The Green Party has launched its campaign platform with hopes of getting its first seat at Queen's Park on June 12th.

Leader Mike Schreiner says the move would save up to $1.6 billion - money which can be put into classrooms and properly educate special needs children.

Schreiner points to a failed Progressive Conservative plan from the 2007, when then-leader John Tory promised faith based-funding. While he the Green leader says he doesn't agree with the entire Tory vision, he believes there shouldn't be segregation when it comes to school funding.

He also props up his jobs plan, which would lower payroll taxes for small businesses. He would specifically double companies' health tax exemption. To make up the hole in money coming to the province, he would increase taxes for larger firms by one per cent.

Schreiner believes his party can get on the floor of the legislature this time around, given many residents he speaks with want change.

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