AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT SHOWS OVER $80 MILLION TAKEN OUT OF CLASSROOMS TO PAY FOR NEGOTIATIONS MACLEOD

(Queen’s Park) – PC MPP Lisa MacLeod today questioned the government on over $80 million dollars in payments made by the Government to Unions.

“Earlier today the Auditor General confirmed that your government paid over $80 million dollars in payouts, personal development and other expense to Ontario’s Teacher Unions,” MacLeod stated.

In November of 2015, MacLeod requested the report be compiled after it was discovered that the Ministry of Education had made $2.5 million in payments to three teachers’ unions with no accountability mechanisms in place.

The Auditor General’s report, The Government Payments to Education-Sector Unions was tabled today and revealed over $80 million in payments made to bargaining units.

“$22 million of that was undocumented,” MacLeod told the Legislature.  “The Liberals took this money out of classrooms, intended for students.”  MacLeod also noted interestingly that cuts to special education funding for 38 school boards will total $22.5 million next year.

The Auditor General’s report found few examples of similar payments made in any other region across Canada.

“Instead of money which was intended for kids in classrooms, money that could have been used for ABA/IBI funding for students with autism; funding repairs in Windsor schools,” said MacLeod, “this money was spent in some cases without receipts or even without a true picture of the classroom benefit.”

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For more information or to schedule an interview, Julia K. Mackenzie, 416-919-4622

Julia.mackenzie@pc.ola.org