Politics over education of children

B.C. spends $1.7M on ads in teachers’ dispute, CTV BC, June 14, 2012

“The B.C. government’s ad campaign defending their position in the teachers’ dispute has cost more than $1.7 million, leaving the union to wonder why that money couldn’t have gone to the education system instead…”

Patti Bacchus, Chairperson, Vancouver Board of Education, responded by Twitter:

“We’ve turned down heat, cut days off year, decreased library time, cut staff, yet BC gov’t wastes $1.7m on ads.”

Categories: Education

9 replies »

  1. tis a wonder there is any teachers left standing with our non elected government continuing to strafe them with tax payer bullets


  2. Yesterday I was reading some of the comments on CBC about the individual who apparently died while waiting for an ambulance in Northern BC ( the area the government claims is where all the jobs are etc. ). Some of the comments suggested that in small towns, you shouldn't expect superior services. Others suggested that if you want services you should pay for them and hinted that's the NDP way…. raise taxes & provide union jobs.
    I wonder how these people feel about 1.7 million in advertising ? How do these people feel about tax dollars being spent every day to support the most unqualified so-called Premier in BC history as she travels around the Province handing out cheques to garner more support ? This is the same Liberal government that tells everyone to tighten their belts during a “shaky” economic period.
    Yet if the NDP suggests improved services, the hypocritical Liberal supporters scream demanding to know who will pay for it. Unless I missed it, I haven't heard a whisper from the Liberal side about the millions & millions the Liberals spend on advertising.

    Guy in Victoria


  3. This is American style politics at its best. Spend $1.7 million on TV advertising (which makes the owners of flagging TV stations very happy and report in your favour) campaign full of half truths or even grander economies of the truth to sway public opinion.

    This is straight from Herr Goebbels, you know, the chap who made good old Adolph popular with the public.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

    “Intellectual activity is a danger to the building of character”

    Joesph Goebbels, the father of the modern propaganda technique and see how closely American Republican/Canadian Conservative/BC Liberal political techniques have copied Herr Goebbels lessons so well.


  4. The Campbell/Clark BC Liberals, have to fight the teachers….if they don't, everything the BC liberals have thieved from this province and from the people, will be fought over. Such as the BCR, our rivers, mills and raw logs, the filthy fish farms that are killing our wild Salmon, the HST, and on and on.

    Campbell had twice lied to be re-elected. Think of what all he thieved and sold. In this country, the more crooked, evil and corrupt politicians they are, the more Harper rewards them. Campbell even forgot to tell the BC people, he works for Harper. Dirty tactics, dirty politics, is what our country is now all about these days


  5. Hi Norm,
    Is there anything you can say to console the teachers and students of the province who have been soundly defeated by the BC Liberals yet again? The BCTF have capitulated once again and there is little chance that the trustees won't do the same when they too ratify a 'contract' that has absolutely nothing in it for anyone–least of all students. Abbott is rightly gloating and journalists are hailing it as a victory although not one teacher I know is going to resume extra curricular activities. There is not a single thing in the deal that members asked for. Unpaid leaves? Teachers already get two months of unpaid leave in the summer! How ridiculous that any union would endorse such fluff. No wonder half the teachers didn't vote. Twenty years of capitulation by a tough-talking but very weak and broken union.


  6. In 318 days, voters will send all but a handful of Liberals packing and the replacement government will have a more substantial commitment to public education.

    By settling for a short term, BCTF has an opportunity to pursue legal challenges and work to improve its public image and shore up member support. Bill 22 will likely be declared largely ultra vires and the court action about class size and composition will be reopened.

    Adrian Dix and the NDP have promised to participate in fair collective bargaining with teachers. That will be a substantial change from the present government which made no effort to negotiate, preferring to use legislation as a sledge hammer.

    Kicking the issues down the road for a year is probably the smartest possible outcome for teachers. Government fails to create a wedge issue and will have to stand on its record.

    Individual teachers need to support the political movements who value public education. Take that case to the public.


  7. Norm, I know that this will happen and the BC Libs will be gone. The next big question is how patient will the public be with the NDP as they try and navigate the crap that was left behind? It will not be a quick fix. When you have stolen every cookie from the jar and left the cupboards bare of the ingredients necessary to rebuild, it will take a long time to repair this province.

    The public needs to understand this.


  8. I'm staff rep at my school and we had a round table discussion about the offer, then we voted. Even though it was a secret ballot, most people wanted to share their choice with me. 80% of our 14 teachers voted NO.

    I don't know how other districts ran their votes but in Fraser Cascade, it was a poll at each school. This ensured that everyone who was present would have a vote. Why only 52% voting? Surely, there was some “why bother?” Also, most supply teachers (TOCs) would not have been needed on the last days and may have already left on vacation — or if faced with a long drive to cast a vote, they also would say, “why bother?”. TOCs make up about 25% of the BCTF membership.

    For me, the fact that the guts of Bill 22 stayed, convinced me to vote NO. I don't know if other schools are noticing it, but special needs kids seem to be getting more profoundly needy. Many need one on one care and it's a real scramble for the resource room teachers to make sure that there is enough teacher aide coverage so the kids can spend at least some of their day in the regular classroom. Profoundly needy kids in the regular class is the next challenge.

    Bill 22 took the caps off the number of kids in a class (grade 4 and up) — and the number of special needs kids in a class. That is unacceptable.

    Thankfully, at our school the admin is sticking to the old numbers, so no classes have overages. I don't believe it will be the same everywhere.

    With the reluctant vote of ratification, teachers will continue doing their classroom work but I can't imagine much rebound to doing voluntary extracurriculars or committee work. That part will be in limbo until the BC Christies are gone.


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