Where on earth does the Ontario and BC teachers’ overwhelming righteous indignation and sense of entitlement come from? Such arrogance is truly breathtaking. As I just heard on SunNewsNetwork, BC teachers have been working to rule for six months. For example, as this CP column by Tamsyn Burgmann shows, working to rule has meant doing nothing beyond normal — such as extra-curricular activities — as well as not providing report cards. Well, in my opinion, not providing report cards is neglecting the duties outlined in provincial education legislation. Meaning, it should be grounds for firing — the lot of them if necessary.
Now, regarding the YouTube video above, it is of a TVO round table on Ontario education with Steve Paikin (H/T Kristin at Conservative Reporter and Joanne at BLY) and shows a couple of brief interactions between Paikin and a retired teacher and former OSSTF official, named Doug Little.
Little has always called himself a progressive when he has debated with me on this blog. So, what is it about people that are supposed to be forward-thinkers, that when they don’t get their own way, they resort to a type of threatening in a “my way or the highway” response? We have seen that very same type of phenomenon in Ottawa during the last three weeks about the robocall fiasco. Liberal and NDP MPs make unsubstantiated allegations and then scream so loud they start believing their own narrative — unless conservatives turn that narrative on its head — which I intend to do here about the notion that teachers somehow impact democratic election results. Here, for example, is a little Ontario history.
(1) In the late 1960′s and early 1970′s there were many protests to get the right to strike and other demands. For the whole story, check out this source. Bill Davis was Premier of Ontario for most of that period until he retired in 1985 and was re-elected several times. Meaning teachers’ protests had no effect on the politics at the time.
(2) In the 1990 Ontario election, David Peterson’s Liberals lost to Bob Rae’s NDP for a number possible reasons, although mostly for Peterson’s arrogance in taking Ontario voters for granted and calling an election after only three years. Teachers had no more effect on that outcome than in previous elections.
(3) In June of 1995, the Mike Harris PCs were elected and the Bob Rae NDP were defeated. The PCs won because they promised to pay down the $11.9 deficit and turn the province around, which they did. The results of that election was to vote for a party, not so much against another one. Meaning, the teachers had nothing to do with the NDP defeat any more than they did the PC win.
(4) In June of 1999 the teachers unions did what they could to defeat the Harris PC government, instituting strategic voting. However, the Harris’ team won another majority government, albeit with fewer seats than in 1995. But, a majority is a majority! As previously, the teachers had no major effect on the outcome.
(5) In October 2003, the voters rejected the PCs and Ernie Eves (who replaced Harris after he retired), not because of anything the teachers did or didn’t do during that campaign but because Eves was seen as ineffective and too liberal.
(6) In October 2011, the McGuinty Liberals were re-elected for a third time. However, they won only a minority government while losing almost all the rural seats in Ontario they had held per this electoral map.
Think about it. Even after total media saturation of negative ads against the Ontario PCs and PC Leader Tim Hudak personally, such as those sponsored by WorkingFamilies and ETFO’s “Vote Against Kids,” all the teachers could do was get McGuinty a minority government. In fact, ten Liberal MPPs (including Cabinet Ministers) lost their seats – because of the wind turbine issue. So, even when the teachers spent millions and millions of dollars to get a government re-elected with a strong majority, they failed.
Meaning, that at the end of the day, the majority vote for the government they want. All citizens have a say, not just teachers. As I wrote recently, what the entire teaching profession seems to needs is a paradigm shift away from their sense of unrealistic entitlements. Education is about children, or at least it should be. And, governments, like families, have to live within their means. What is so hard about that concept for teachers and their unions to understand? That is the real narrative!