Ontario gets failing grade in education (Editorial, December 17, 2001)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/30/2001

The end of the year provides an ideal opportunity to look back at a full slate of legislation and pass judgement on those who govern. Have social goals been enhanced or harmed? Are employers given tools to better compete in the marketplace or burdened with red tape and unnecessary costs? Will employees be safer, more productive?

And every year has its share of laws both good and bad, depending on one’s point of view.

Amidst all this legislative and regulatory activity — federal and provincial, coast to coast — one offering sticks out as a being particularly bereft of social forethought, serving narrow interests, while harming the greater good. The infamous distinction here goes to Ontario Premier Mike Harris and his Progressive Conservative cohorts for their “Equity in Education Tax Credit.”