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University Class Sizes the Worst in Canada says Wilson

(April 9, 2008)  Today Progressive Conservative Critic for Training, Colleges and Universities Jim Wilson (Simcoe-Grey) condemned the McGuinty government in Question Period for giving university students the largest class sizes and the worst student to faculty ratio in Canada.

“Being dead last in the entire country means students have larger class sizes than any other province while faculty have less time to spend with each student leaving the quality of post secondary education in Ontario threatened,” said Wilson.  “In some universities class sizes are so big they have 1,500 students and many have to sit on the floor,” he added.

Wilson brought to the attention of the House a pledge that Dalton McGuinty signed in 1999 promising to “raise the operating grants per person for Ontario universities to the national average during my party’s next term in government.” (Click here to see a picture of Mr. McGuinty after signing the pledge)

“Dalton McGuinty’s signature isn’t worth the paper it’s written on,” said Wilson.  “5,500 new professors need to be hired today just to keep up with increasing enrollment and the Liberals refuse to do anything about.”

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