Letters to the Editor

Refund taxpayers for school strike

Editor: Taxpayers paid more than $200 million in taxes for educational services which were not delivered in June.

Therefore, we should get a refund.

The teachers’ dispute started with three weeks of rotating strikes, which saved government $18.5 million per week.

When they went to a full strike, the savings grew to $80 million for each of the last two weeks of June.

More has been saved with the cancellation of summer school. Government has a responsibility to refund that money, at least $200 million, to the people who paid for the educational service but didn’t receive it.

That works out to roughly $40 for every man, woman and child in B.C. For a family of four, that would be $160 — certainly a welcome amount for households who burned through vacation days or had to hire unexpected childcare during the strike.

The BCTF believes itself to be a “social movement,” which makes it virtually impossible to negotiate a deal with.

While each and every other government union has settled two or three reasonable contracts with the province over the past six years, the BCTF has engaged in bitter personal attacks and strayed far beyond a mandate to promote education, instead fighting every major economic development in the province.

For those who believe public education is underfunded in B.C., they could take their $40 refund cheque and donate it to a local school district foundation.

Others could use the money how they see fit.

Premier Christy Clark and Education Minister Peter Fassbender have been suspiciously tightlipped about how the strike savings will be spent.

If you believe that money should be refunded to taxpayers, please sign our petition at www.taxpayer.com.

Jordan Bateman,

Canadian TaxpayersFederation

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