Jun 24, 2013

By Jane Brown

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Another former Dalton McGuinty cabinet minister is leaving politics.  Laurel Broten says she’s resigning as MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore after serving in that riding for nearly ten years.  Broten joins Dwight Duncan, Chris Bentley and former premier McGuinty in leaving the Ontario government.  As the former Education minister, Broten had been at the centre of a bitter battle with the province’s teachers over wage-freeze legislation.

Meantime, Ontario’s elementary teachers have accepted a new deal with the government.  ETFO President Sam Hammond says it was an agreement of compromise.  “This government had fiscal parameters and concerns they had to deal with until August 31st 2014, but we also recognized that our members, for the last five years, had been paid less than every other teacher in the province.  And that was one of our overall bargaining goals was to eliminate that 2 percent inequity penalty and that will happen on September the 1st, 2014.”  Hammond says 91 percent of elementary teachers voted in favour of accepting the deal.

Education Minister Liz Sandals says the two sides have come a long way toward rebuilding their relationship.

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