Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak held a press conference outside his office in the Ontario Legislature on Wednesday.
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"This bill is going to pass," Hudak said.
"The real question is where do we go from here."
The legislature is returning two weeks early to deal with the proposed bill, which would impose a wage freeze and partial salary grid freeze on teachers.
But the Liberals can't get it through without minority support. Hudak said his party wouldn't play games but wasn't specific on whether his members would vote in favour or merely abstain.
In addition to allowing the wage bill to pass, Hudak said his party would press for a broader wage freeze, arbitration reform and a comprehensive review of all government spending.
"I'm encouraged by what I heard from Mr. Hudak," Government House Leader John Milloy said, welcoming the opposition leader "back into the game" at Queen's Park.
But he said the Liberals want Hudak to commit himself in writing, saying they're not yet convinced he'll back the bill.
Reaction from the teachers was swift and not enthusiastic.
"We have one of the best ed systems in the world! Why? Our teachers & ed support staff - the heart & soul of pub ed! Shame on Hudak! (sic)" tweeted Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario president Sam Hammond, not long after Hudak made his announcement.