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Political fallout over lengthy college strike

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The finger pointing is well underway over the college strike.  On one hand Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli is accusing the NDP of hypocrisy on the issue but Timiskaming Cochrane MPP John Vanthof is countering the attack.   Fedeli says the NDP are being hypocritical when they claim they wanted the college students back in the classroom but blocked back-to-work legislation that did just that on three successive occasions.  He says the New Democrats can’t have it both ways.

John Vanthof

However New Democrat John Vanthof of Timiskaming-Cochrane says there is no hypocrisy and adds it’s Fedeli and the Tories supporting the legislation that’s surprising.   He says given the Liberal track record, it’s surprising the Tories supported the back-to-work order without reading it.  The Liberal government also took a swipe at the NDP over their refusal to support the legislation.  The Liberals claim the New Democrats are inconsistent with their position on back-to-work legislation.  They say in 2008 when Howard Hampton was NDP leader, the party supported legislation sending Toronto bus drivers back to work.  In response, Vanthof says he can’t speak to matters when Hampton was leader of the party and adds he personally wasn’t an MPP at the time.  Classes resume today for half a million college students across the province.

 

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