Various reports indicate that British Columbiaâ€™s Premier, Liberal Gordon Campbell was in Toronto yesterday at Queenâ€™s Park, accompanied by a heavy security detail.
It is ironic that the BC premier is in Ontario while his own province needs leadership most. British Columbia Teachersâ€™ Federation are on strike protesting his unjust laws that are flouting international labour law to which Canada is a signatory.
With polls showing overwhelming support for the teachers, Premier Campbell is following the old adage â€œwhen the going gets tough, the premier gets going â€“ right out of the province.â€
It is indeed ironic that the premier has chosen to leave the province of BC when the students of his province need him the most.
â€œBy refusing to negotiate with the BC teachers, Campbell is showing contempt for public education in the province,â€ says Ontario Secondary School Teachersâ€™ Federation President Rhonda Kimberley-Young. â€œWe have seen this type of extreme anti-teacher, anti-public education attitude in Ontarioâ€™s recent past from the Harris/Eves Tory regime, and in the end, it doesnâ€™t work. Every scrap of educational research indicates that no meaningful reform of education can take place without consultation and dialogue with the teachers charged to implement the reforms.â€
â€œIt is time for the BC premier to return to BC, and show both the students and teachers of BC the respect they deserve,â€ concluded Kimberley-Young.