Barrett votes Sunday – Colleges back to work



QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett was one of 39 legislators who voted Sunday for the legislation that ended the college strike to result in classes resuming on Tuesday.

The vote in favour of the legislation was 39-18, with all the opposing votes coming from the NDP caucus and one independent member.

“This is the longest college strike in Ontario’s history, with 500,000 students being caught in the middle,” Barrett said. “The Official Opposition called for action to bring both sides to the table more than a month ago.”

Barrett was relieved that students and instructors will be back in class.

“It’s unfortunate that it came to back-to-work legislation,” said Opposition Leader Patrick Brown. “And, the length of this strike will have ripple effects for months to come. It’s time to put this ugly chapter behind us, and to get focused on ensuring college students get back in the classroom as soon as possible.”

A late-breaking decision will allow students to get full tuition refunds if they quit due to the strike.

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