Christy Clark: Teacher peace? “Don’t let (BC Liberal) history get in the way”? A ten year deal? A project delayed by ‘stuff’ that happened over the summer? Six weeks to pull it off? No prior consultations with teachers, school boards, administrators, other unions in the education sector, or anyone?
Give me a break. This isn’t a policy initiative. It’s an admission of failure.
Let me tell you precisely what is going on. The BC Liberals did a poll. Overwhelmingly it said British Columbians blame their government for the disaster that is labour relations in the education sector.
They blame the BC Liberals for class size increases, special needs cuts, and a decrease in classroom quality that directly affects all kids in public school.
(BTB the Gazetteer nails Ms. Clark for pulling her own kid out of the public system in favour of Vancouver’s most exclusive school while disingenuously referring to ‘our’ kids.)
So with a six week window left to develop legislation prior to next year’s election shortened session, the Liberals decided a public relations fix was in order – no time for a real fix, after all. But they needed something that would break through.
Hence, the arbitrary ten year contract balloon float. Arbitrary and stupid.
As if ten years makes sense in any context – from education planning to economic forecasting. And as if people are too stupid to get that this is a desperate gambit from a government that won’t be around to implement anything come June.
But making sense is furthest from the Premier’s mind right now. Saving a few seats is top of mind. And this initiative is aimed at those who might fall for what is nothing more that a cheesy pre-election public relations gimmick.
The mighty have fallen. Badly.