It has been a rough first couple days back in Queen's Park for Doug Ford as hundreds of layoff loom in the air for both teachers and auto workers in Ontario. According to The Toronto Star, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) recently discovered that an “equivalent of 266 full-time teaching positions have been eliminated” throughout ten different school boards.

City News also reported that the Toronto District School Board had laid off a whopping 124 teachers as a result of Ford’s education cuts. The premier had initially promised that no teachers would lose their jobs as a result of his government’s plan to save the province money.

The move drew sharp criticism from the NDP who argued that Ford’s plan is having a harmful effect on the Ontario educational system.

“You don't get a world-class education by firing people who provide it. Ford has had five months to think about it…is he ready to admit that his plan to eliminate 10,000 teachers and thousands of more educated workers is going to hurt kids in the classroom?” wrote NDP MPP Andrea Horwath.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce confirmed on Thursday that the government wants class sizes lowered from 28 to 25, as part of its negotiations with the OSSTF.

Meanwhile, The Toronto Sun reported that hundreds of autoworkers at Oakville Ford Motor plan would lose their jobs come February. The NDP believes the move could’ve been prevented if Ford’s government had opened their ears to the concerns of the struggling workers.

“For months, auto industry workers have been asking Doug Ford to do something to save the industry, but the only time he’s not sitting on his hands is when he’s waving goodbye to good auto and auto parts jobs. The NDP continues to call on the government to take immediate action to develop an auto strategy, and that has to include a strategy to make Ontario the auto manufacturing centre of excellence for electric and autonomous vehicles," read a media release by NDP MPP Wayne Gates.

Ontario Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli told The Sun that the government is “very disappointed” in Ford Motor Co.’s decisions that have led towards these layoffs. 

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