Volume 13, Number 6 November 4, 2005

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McGuinty gets kudos

TORONTO – By placing post-secondary education high on the agenda for his government’s next term, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has earned top marks from at least two of that province’s universities.

In a statement issued Oct. 13, the same day as the Ontario Speech from the Throne, U of T President David Naylor applauded the government’s recognition that “prosperity equals innovation”. Referring to a government plan from last spring that will inject $6.2 billion into higher education over the next five years, Naylor said education is the backbone of innovation, and the new funding will mean better education for Ontario students through the addition of up to 3,000 new faculty positions. He also praised the plan’s support of research by providing a $100-million graduate fellowship endowment.

Ted Hewitt, Acting President of the University of Western Ontario, said his institution is “absolutely delighted” by McGuinty’s Throne Speech. “By investing in research and in assuring student access to advanced degrees, the government has demonstrated its unequivocal commitment to the future prosperity of Ontario.”


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