school closings.

I actually heard Brown on the radio rambling on about this and he couldn't give the host of the show an answer as to what he would do. He just kept yapping that it was 'hurting the students' and was just a cost cutting measure by the Liberals. Now that's interesting, a PC criticizing a Liberal of cost cutting as a negative. Isn't there someone in his party who can tell him to have alternatives available before he speaks........?

The two elementary schools in Honey Harbour are considered the heart of the community, but both are proposed to close at the end this school year.

The catholic and public school boards cite declining enrollment. According to officials, there are only 14 students at Our Lady of Mercy and 38 students at Honey Harbour Public School.

"It’s very difficult for teachers and support staff to provide an adequate program for four or five grades in one classroom," says Larry Hope, director of education at Trillium Lakelands District School Board.

Parents look to halt closure of schools in Honey Harbour | CTV Barrie News (external - login to view)

Despite the inefficiency of a province funding public and Catholic English- and French-language schools, Brown has no intention to push for a single school system, he said.

“That’s not what today’s about. It’s not a debate or a conversation that I’m starting,” he said.

Hunter similarly refused to discuss the controversial matter of public funding for Catholic schools.

In the House, the Tories shifted their focus from soaring hydro bills, which had dominated the legislative proceedings until Premier Kathleen Wynne’s plan to cut electricity rates 25 per cent last week, to the issue of school closures.

“After 13 years of waste, and scandal after scandal, the Wynne Liberals are trying to balance the books on the backs of our students by fast-tracking school closures,” said Brown.