A new Forum Research poll suggests the majority of Ontario residents don’t approve of the Liberal government’s payments to teachers’ unions and school boards.
The poll reached out to 1158 Ontario adults between Nov. 2 to Nov. 4. Of those surveyed, 67 per cent disapproved of the $2.5 million given to unions, and 66 per cent of the $4.6 million given to school boards.
Findings also saw that disapproval is especially strong in Eastern Ontario with 69%, and with PC voters, with 91%. Half of Liberal voters also disapproved of the payments, with 49%.
The poll has amargin of error of +/- three per cent, 19 times out of 20.
Education Minister Liz Sandals earlier stated the payments were nessissary, saying the process is very complex. “This has been an unusually dragged-out process. Both the unions and the boards have had extraordinary costs because everybody is having to rent space and find venues and rooms. This will never happen again. This is the end of the transformation.”
“It may or may not be true that these payments are common in collective bargaining, but the important thing is the Ontario voters don’t believe it, and they don’t like the payments one bit,” Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff said in a statement.
The Liberals have agreed to allow the provincial auditor general examine the practice of compensating unions and school boards after negotiating a new labour deal.