Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in Sudbury
Published Monday, February 12, 2018 2:31PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 12, 2018 6:38PM EST
Premier Kathleen Wynne spent the day in Sudbury, visiting Laurentian university and the two local colleges.
Her office says it’s part of her tour of Ontario's post-secondary schools, where she is touting the programs her government has put in place to help young people.
The Premier began by speaking to students at Laurentian University, where she addressed a town hall style group, and heard questions about aboriginal issues.
"I'm hopeful for the future of reconciliation between indigenous peoples and non-indigenous peoples." said Laurentian’s Indigenous Student Circle President, Gabrielle Pellerin.
The Premier replied that she was impressed by the welcoming and progressive atmosphere for Indigenous students at Laurentian.
'"The real need and the success of programs for Indigenous students, I hadn't quite seen before. I have known these programs were in place, but I had some really clear examples today of how they worked."
In the crowd was Troy Crowder, the candidate for the Ontario PC’s in the Sudbury riding.
"I'm still waiting to hear something concrete, something I find value for." said Crowder.
Wynne also toured College Boreal, a school that recently announced cuts to programs. She said sometimes that’s necessary.
"Those are decisions colleges make all the time based on enrollment, based on demand, so I think that's a good thing. Colleges are intended to be nimble.” said Wynne.
The Premier ended her day at Cambrian College, where she once again took questions from students.
Some asked about the 5-week college faculty strike, that she admits went on too long.
This tour did not include any funding announcements and Sudbury is her only northern stop.
Premier Kathleen Wynne made a visit to Sudbury Monday as part of her tour of post-secondary schools in Ontario.
She made a stop at Laurentian University, as well as Huntington University and is also visiting two local colleges.
With less than four months until the provincial election, the Wynne Liberals are courting the youth vote with these visits, and the Premier is showcasing and emphasizing things her government has put in place for young people, including free tuition, minimum wage increase and free prescription medication.
At Laurentian, the Premier held a town hall-style meeting at the school’s Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre.
Wynne’s visit included College Boreal and Cambrian College Monday afternoon.