GUELPH — The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation will be protesting the provincial government’s cuts to education at Member of Provincial Parliament Mike Schreiner’s office on Friday.
The rally will start at 4 p.m. and the gathering will be at 173 Woolwich St. in front of the Green parliamentarian’s consistency.
The New Democratic Party riding association has encouraged their members to attend, criticizing Schriener for not joining in a historic education rally on April 6 that saw hundreds of educators, students and their allies rally in front of Queen’s Park.
“Andrea Horwath and the NDP caucus were there to stand in solidarity with our students and their teachers,” an email to members said.
“Meanwhile, Schreiner was busy that weekend helping to fundraise for the federal Green candidate in Guelph. Let’s send a message to Guelph’s MPP that education needs to be a top priority at Queen’s Park.”
This was technically incorrect as Schreiner had the intention of supporting teachers as he was en route to the rally at Queen’s Park but could not make it due to traffic issues, a detailed statement released later on said.
Schreiner was at Bill Winegard’s memorial tribute on that Saturday morning and headed for Toronto afterwards.
The MPP has been criticized by Liberals and New Democrats for not pushing the ruling Progressive Conservatives further on education. He gave one retweet that day that appeared to support the rally.
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Schreiner has, however, arrived at rallies in the past to support those protesting cuts to education. Critics say, however, that the Green legislator is in favour of some of the funding cuts undertaken by Premier Doug Ford’s government.
Dyck and Schreiner have a busy Friday as they are hosting a campaign launch event, though it does not start until 6:30 p.m. downtown Guelph.
Reporting by Eli Ridder.