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Blame the province for teachers' strike

Editor: I have been reading all of the rhetoric, and letters to the local newspapers about the teachers’ strike, with great interest.

Now it’s my turn. Let’s first of all place the blame for the entire mess exactly where it deserves to be — directly at the feet of the provincial government.

The BC Liberals, since the dawning of the Gordon Campbell era, have been a right-wing, confrontational party. In my opinion, the government has no interest whatsoever in negotiating fairly with any of their employees.

Look at what happened a number of years ago with the Hospital Employees Union — some of the lowest- paid people around. The government legislated them back for three years, with a 15 per cent pay cut. Nurses, doctors, ferry workers, the list goes on and on. All the government cares about is keeping their wealthy friends wealthier.

I, for one, support the teachers completely. I ask them to hang in there and not cave in to a very bad, right-wing government, which hopefully will finally be a thing of the past in another three long years. We can always hope.

Jack McEwen,


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