Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 22, 2007 11:14 ET

Ontario NDP-Reality Check: Fitness Tax Credit

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2007) -

Rather than commit to fixing the education funding formula and ensuring our schools have adequate phys ed, Dalton McGuinty's suddenly supporting a fitness tax credit - an idea he used to oppose.

In November 2005, Liberal Health Promotion Minister Jim Watson spoke out in favour of a fitness tax credit, saying "I personally like the idea of giving people incentives." On the same day, Premier Dalton McGuinty flatly rejected the idea, saying ""It's not something we will be considering," "It's not the kind of thing that we'll be looking at." (The St. Catharines Standard, November 23, 2005)

In January 2007, Watson spoke out against fitness tax credits, saying "there's no sense in encouraging people to get in shape if we don't have the facilities to do it." (CanWest news service, February 20, 2007)

On the eve of the provincial election, the Liberals are supporting the fitness tax credit again.

In the meantime, the Liberals have failed to invest significantly in physical education in schools. People for Education's 2007 Report says:

- Because of the flawed funding formula, just half of elementary school physical education teachers are full time.

- For the second year in a row, there has been a drop in the average number of minutes spent in physical education classes.

- 46% of secondary schools charge fees for physical education classes and 77% charge athletic fees - ranging from $2 to $500.

SOURCE: http://www.peopleforeducation.com/OPSReports/annual07.pdf

Why should working families believe Dalton McGuinty's promises now when he has consistently let them down?

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