Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Dear Christy ...
Horgan outlines reasons behind calling for Fassbender's resignation
Released by Mike Lowe, NDP/Voice file photo
arents across our province have already paid a huge price for your government’s failure to resolve the labour dispute in our public education system.
Our children deserve the quality public education the government is responsible for delivering, and parents deserve an end to the stress and uncertainty caused by the disruption.
The prolonged dispute is hurting our teaching professionals – a job that
deserves respect and support from all parties and members of the legislature
and governments of every stripe. My colleague, Rob Fleming, yesterday called
publicly for your education minister to be relieved of his duties as it has
become clear Mr. Fassbender is not capable of doing his job of providing
public education to all British Columbians. He delayed and obstructed
negotiations all summer, denied mediation would work, publicly provoked
teachers while mediator Vince Ready finally did meet with both sides, and
has been unwilling to negotiate on the vital issue of class size and
It was disappointing to hear this morning that you continue to place your full confidence in Mr. Fassbender. Your continued absence throughout this crisis shows a lack of leadership when British Columbians need it most. Parents, kids, and teachers deserve more from their premier than a series of tweets meant to further inflame the situation and point fingers at teachers.
They deserve action towards a real resolution that gets kids back in
classrooms and improves the quality of education delivered in our public
schools. British Columbians watched as you proudly proclaimed your
involvement in settling the truckers dispute at the federally-regulated Port
Metro Vancouver. I urge you to recognize that providing a high quality
public education to young British Columbians is even more important to our
future economic success. Moreover, every day the dispute continues it
disrupts families, communities and productivity in our economy as the
families of 500,000 children
We need government leadership that listens to parents, the public and the courts about the importance of addressing class size and composition. That will require better resources for our schools. Your government’s funding freeze is unrealistic and counter-productive to achieving your own stated education goals and the ability to achieve an immediate settlement.
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