THE GOVERNMENT of B.C. has lost its battle with teachers and education will improve as a result. Education spending in B.C. is now the second lowest per student in Canada.
It was an irrational battle. When Premier Clark was education minister, she tore up the contract with teachers that allowed for bargaining rights related to class size and composition. It’s galling to think that a member of the government would brag about a bill of parliament that would break a legal contract but here’s what she said in Hansard (January 26, 2002) in support of the bill:
“I am so proud to speak in support of this bill, and I look forward to getting on with the job of building a top-notch education system for British Columbia.” (Vancouver Sun)