Throne speech to unveil ambitious five-year plan to lure foreign students, ‘unleash’ Crown agencies and export expertise in clean-water technology.
By Robert Benzie
Excerpt from: Toronto Star, March 8, 2010
Premier Dalton McGuinty wants to transform Ontario into a beacon for foreign students, allow Crown corporations to compete globally, and sell clean-water expertise to a thirsty world. In a Speech from the Throne on Monday that McGuinty hopes can propel his Liberals to victory in the October 2011 election, the premier will unveil an ambitious agenda for governing – despite a record $24.7 billion budget deficit.
“Open Ontario,” detailed in the speech to be read by Lieutenant-Governor David Onley in the Legislature, is a
five-year plan that promises to improve access to colleges and universities for Ontarians by subsidizing them
with fees from international students. “There will be more opportunities to help Ontarians get post-secondary education and also an expanded interest in bringing more foreign students here,” a senior government official said Sunday.
Critics are warning voters to be skeptical of McGuinty’s lofty goals….
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