Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

January 25, 2006 15:27 ET

FIRST ETFO MEMBER ELECTED TO HOUSE OF COMMONS

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 25, 2006) -
Paul Dewar, newly elected MP for Ottawa Centre, is the first member of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) to be elected to the House of Commons.

"We are extremely pleased to see one of our members going to the House of Commons," said ETFO President Emily Noble.

"As a teacher and ETFO activist, Paul will bring important skills to his job as MP. He will be an outstanding voice for the people of his riding, for public education and for the children we teach," Noble said.

"Among the issues Paul will face is ensuring that there will be no backtracking on the national child care program that the previous government negotiated with the provinces.

"This is an important program for children and their parents. Access to high quality child care will have a positive impact on children's success in school," Noble said.

Dewar, an elementary school teacher, is a long time ETFO activist. He has been the vice-president of the Ottawa-Carleton Elementary Teachers' Federation local and has served on a variety of provincial federation committees.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 70,000 public elementary teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teacher federation in Canada outside Quebec.

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Contact Information

  • Johanna Brand
    Primary Phone: 416-962-3836 ext. 2339
    Secondary Phone: 416-948-2554
    Toll-Free: 888-838-3836
    E-mail: jbrand@etfo.org