McGuinty quash black-focused schools if they become a trend

Posted on February 1, 2008 in Education Debates, Equality Debates – national
February 1, 2008 at 1:44 PM EST
The Canadian Press

Kitchener, Ont. — Premier Dalton McGuinty says the governing Liberals “won’t hesitate to act” if other school boards follow Toronto’s lead and start up black-focused schools.

Mr. McGuinty says he’ll be watching what happens in Toronto very closely after the public board narrowly voted to establish one of Canada’s first black-focused schools.

He says the idea of a separate, black-focused school runs contrary to the Liberal vision of education.

If the province starts to see a trend develop in other cities like Ottawa, Windsor and Thunder Bay, Mr. McGuinty says the Liberals won’t hesitate to take action.

He says he’s less concerned with the idea of a black-focused school if it is housed within an existing public school.

Mr. McGuinty says at least then, students of all races can mingle together in the hallways, which would be more reflective of Ontario society.

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