McGuinty on education

Liberal rally held for Premier’s visit to Kingston

Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario addresses the crowd at the Liberal rally held on Tuesday.
Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario addresses the crowd at the Liberal rally held on Tuesday.

Premier Dalton McGuinty visited Kingston on Sept. 1 as part of his cross-country tour. A rally was held for him in the Liberal Party offices at 845 Princess St. In front of supporters, volunteers and students, McGuinty spoke about issues affecting Ontarians today.

“Take a look at what we’ve done in our schools. 200,000 more students enrolled in post-secondary education,” he said to the crowd.

McGuinty said if elected, he will work to create 60,000 more post-secondary spaces and three new undergraduate satellite campuses. In addition, he wants to implement a 30 per cent cut in tuition fees for low- and middle-income families.

McGuinty also talked about Liberal incumbent for Kingston and the Islands John Gerretsen.

“There are a lot of things that impress me about John,” McGuinty said at the rally. “He has always remained youthful in his outlook.”

McGuinty attributed Gerretsen’s success to his decades of experience as a politician. Gerrestsen was first elected as MPP for the riding in 1995.

“I’ve been very lucky to have him in our caucus,” McGuinty said at the rally.

Alexander Prescott, ArtSci ’14, is a member of the Queen’s Young Liberals and said Gerretsen’s campaign is the second Liberal campaign he’s volunteered with. He volunteered with MP Ted Hsu’s campaign for the May 2 federal election.

“This time around, the voting is on campus so there really is no excuse not to vote,” he said. “It’s especially important to vote at the provincial level because these are the people who have their hand in the cookie jar. They are the ones who have a hand in the future of our education.”

As part of the Young Liberals, Prescott has been going door to door, making phone calls and putting up signs for this election.

Queen’s Young Liberals leader Chris Jackson said the number of student voters has doubled from the 2008 federal election to the 2011 federal election, according to Elections Canada.

“We had a part to play in that, but it wasn’t just us. The other political groups on campus helped as well,” Jackson, ArtSci ’12, said.

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