$40 a day proposal disappoints parent
I have sent the following open letter to Premier Christy Clark:
As a parent of two children in the public education system, I was very disappointed with the announcement Thursday of the government offering to pay parents $40 per day if the dispute with the teachers is not settled before the school year is scheduled to begin in September. If you do not negotiate with the teachers union over the summer, you are neglecting your duty as premier.
It is your government’s job to negotiate in good faith to resolve the differences between the union and the government. You and your government will be directly responsible for delaying the school year if these negotiations do not take place. You need to meet each and every day until this dispute is resolved. Only in this way can a settlement be reached.
Of course if you sit back and enjoy your summer recess until October you can end the strike with legislation. This is the coward's way out. It says you are not even willing to give up a little of your summer vacation to work for the education of the children of this province. Of course they can’t vote, so what do you care. But remember their parents can vote now and the children will in the future.
Children are the future. Well-educated children now is the beginning of a bright future. Without them there will be no future taxpayers, no health care, no social security net, and no continued retirement pay for former politicians.