04/21/2015 11:52 EDT | Updated 06/21/2015 05:59 EDT

Ontario NDP Aims To End Private School's Model Parliament At Queen's Park

TORONTO - Ontario's New Democrats want to end what they call an "elitist" tradition at Queen's Park that allows Upper Canada College to use the legislative chamber for its model parliament.

New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo says she was shocked to learn "one of the most elite and expensive private schools" had private use of the Ontario legislature for two days over the Easter break.

DiNovo says the legislature's protocol office "shamefacedly" admitted Upper Canada has been holding its model parliament in the legislature for 30 years.

She says that flies in the face of Ontario's public education system and the claims that the legislature is truly democratic.

DiNovo says public high schools across the province would be very interested in having access to the legislative chamber for their model parliaments -- an educational program designed for civic-minded high school students in grades 10 to 12.

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