Premier Kathleen Wynne has revealed that the $2.5 million promised by the Liberal Government to teachers unions to cover the cost of protracted negotiations has not yet been paid out and that despite Education Minister Liz Sandal’s assertion that receipts were not necessary, they will now be required for the money to be released.
The Premier is maintaining however that the deal was indeed a so called ‘net zero’ deal and that as such, savings were made elsewhere in the contracts with unions representing high school teachers, English Catholic teachers and French teachers to offset the government’s move to pick up the cost.
She insists that no money was taken from classrooms or student programs to pay the unions.
This comes in the wake of continued questioning from the Progressive Conservatives who complain that Wynne’s story regarding the payments keep changing.
They say they still want to know exactly where the money came from and want the auditor general to look into it.
Kathleen Wynne has responded to this by saying that the auditor general is free to look at anything she likes.