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Minister of Education Liz Sandals said the deal is consistent with the government’s net-zero bargaining framework.
Minister of Education Liz Sandals said the deal is consistent with the government’s net-zero bargaining framework.
(Nathan Denette/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Ontario did not seek receipts for $2.5-million paid to teachers’ unions

Ontario’s Liberal government did not ask to see receipts for the expenses of three teachers’ unions before secretly paying them $2.5-million to cover their costs during contract talks.

Education Minister Liz Sandals admitted on Thursday that there are no itemized accounts of exactly what taxpayers’ money paid for. “You’re asking me if I have receipts and invoices. No, I don’t,” Ms. Sandals said when asked if there was any accounting for the expenses, adding she’d “make no apologies” for the payouts.