Ontario NDP calls for investigation into recent pro-government ads targeting teachers' strike - 2020-02-07
The Ontario NDP wants provincial election officials to investigate any possible links between the Progressive Conservative government and an obscure group called Vaughan Working Families, which was behind a series of pro-government newspaper ads.
The ads, which ran last weekend in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post and the Toronto Sun, echo the government's language in its labour dispute with the province's teachers and accuse the unions of using students as "pawns." The ads appeared just after talks between the government and the unions broke down and teachers vowed to continue an escalating series of one-day walkouts.
A spokeswoman for Education Minister Stephen Lecce – who represents a Vaughan riding – said Mr. Lecce had no role in or any knowledge of the ads before they ran. The office of Premier Doug Ford and the PC Party also issued similar statements.