An Ontario union that represents English public high school teachers and other education staff has endorsed five Liberal and two NDP candidates in Ottawa area ridings in the provincial election.
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation said it supports NDP candidates Joel Harden in Ottawa Centre and Chandra Pasma in Ottawa West-Nepean. The five Liberal candidates who have earned the federation’s endorsement are Stephen Blais in Orleans; Lucille Collard in Ottawa-Vanier; John Fraser in Ottawa South; Amanda Simard in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell; and Tyler Watt in Nepean.
The union says it is selecting candidates who are strong supporters of public education. It represents 60,000 English public high school teachers and a variety of other staff, including educational assistants, early childhood educators and administrators.
The union has also endorsed the candidacy of Green Party leader Mike Schreiner in Guelph and Green candidate Matt Richter in Parry Sound-Muskoka; NDP candidates Catherine Fife in Kitchener-Waterloo, Laura Mae Lindo in Kitchener Centre, Karen Meissner in Kitchener-Conestoga and Joanne Weston in Kitchener-South Hespeler; and Liberal candidate Surekha Shenoy in Cambridge.
Meanwhile, the Ottawa-Carleton branch of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario had previously announced its endorsement of four NDP and one Liberal candidate: NDP candidates Joel Harden in Ottawa Centre, Lyra Evans in Ottawa-Vanier, Chandra Pasma in Ottawa West-Nepean and Kevin St. Denis in Carleton; and Liberal candidate Tyler Watt in Nepean.
Ontario’s education unions have been strong critics of the Progressive Conservative government on a range of issues, including funding for schools, pandemic safety measures and legislation that restricted raises for public servants to one per cent per year.