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Tired of hypocritical attitude towards teachers

Enough of the sanctimonious claptrap spewing forth from the likes of Christy Clark and George Abbott about their government’s support for public education. Actions speak loudly, Ms. Clark and Mr. Abbott. Since 2002, when Ms. Clark, then education minister, tore up the contract her government had signed with the teachers of this province and unilaterally legislated a “collective agreement,” she effectively has, to date, taken over 3,100 teachers out of the system. Way to support public education, Christy! Ironically, it was interesting to hear her wax hypocritically on the sanctity of the contract her government was bound to honor with Mr. Hahn, the previous head of B.C. Ferries; after all, it was a signed agreement. I suppose when one is making less than one twentieth of what Mr. Hahn was making, contracts don’t matter. Political hypocrisy at its worst (best?).

And here we are in 2012 with these two not content until they have diligently torn up the rest of the contract they began to shred in 2002. In this round of bargaining, there has not been the slightest attempt to seriously negotiate with teachers and come to a mutual agreement. The agenda of this government has always been to create sham negotiations, slag the hell out of the BCTF, incite the public against teachers and their profession, then impose a legislated “agreement,” but only after it sends one of Mr. Abbott’s lackeys on a fact-finding mission to determine the problems. Does anyone have the slightest doubt what this wunderkind is going to find in his two week, taxpayer-funded study?

By the way, MLA’s base salary has increased 34 per cent since 2007.


Frank Manning

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