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LILLEY: Public knows Ontario can't afford more raises for teachers

The public is well aware of what teachers are doing on the picket lines. The question is whether they support it.There have been plenty of polls done on this issue, some better than others.The teachers claim they have the public fully behind them by asking such questions as whether you support paying down the deficit or want to stop cutting teachers and courses. The province is doing neither, but that’s what the poll paid for by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation wanted to ask the public.

A more nuanced and interesting set of questions came from the latest survey, conducted this week by Campaign Research. The poll found 93% of the public know about the rotating teachers strikes. That’s not surprising. The fact that 7% of the public were willing to say they hadn’t heard of them does concern me.

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