The Ontario government announced in Budget 2004 a review of the design and funding of postsecondary education in the province. Former Premier, Hon. Bob Rae, the advisor to the Premier and Minister on this issue has just concluded the Review and today released his Report. The following is CUPEs initial analysis based on our first reading of the Report.
The Review began with an overview of some of the literature on PSE restructuring, using examples from neo-liberal experiments in Australia and the U.K. Rae issued a discussion paper at the conclusion of this phase.
The consultation period included a series of round-table discussions followed by a town-hall meeting in regions across Ontario. At the same time, written submissions were received from interested parties, and Rae met with groups individually. The Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee submitted the “Campus Check-up Report”, organised participation in all of the Round-table/Town halls (save one). Paul Moist and members of the OUWCC executive met with him on three separate occasions in his Toronto offices.
The Report is a 124 page document organised into three main sections. The first is a chapter written by Bob Rae, outlining his view on the process and the recommendations. The second outlines the recommendations grouped into seven “strategies”. The third section reviews how the Review was held.