I'm not really a very politically minded person. I don't vote in one particular way. I weigh the options and issues each and every time and exude my democratic right to like or dislike any political party at any given time. I also rarely weigh in on a given topic... until now.
This whole situation with the Ontario Government and the Teachers unions has got my ire up! Now, it could easily be said that I am not an impartial individual in this matter as my wife is a teacher and a great deal of my livelihood comes from the education system, but I consider myself a pretty levelheaded kind of guy who can be objective and call a spade a spade.
That being said, in this case, the Liberal government is completely wrong. Bill 115 is an utter waste of time. I understand the government needs to save money, but there are other ways than denying a particular group their basic constitutional rights. You cannot take a groups right to strike and make it illegal. What many people, idiots who like the sound of their own voice or morons who are jealous that they don't have as good a job as a teacher, don't realize is that if Bill 115 stands and the provincial government is able to take away a teachers right to strike and eliminate collective bargaining, then they can do it to everyone else. It's like when Hitler took over France and they did nothing to stop him (well, not nothing, but historically they did very little). The fact that they put up so little a fight only strengthened his regard for battle and he continued on his marry way. I know that's a pretty strong comparison, but you get my point. It just can't stand!
What makes matters worse is that the teachers have already agreed to most of the concessions on the bargaining table. They've agreed to the wage freeze. They've agreed to new rules for new teachers, which is unfortunate. They just have to work out the sick days, which they are trying to cut in half and delete all the stockpiled days teachers have which was a major bargaining chip in previous contracts, and settle matters with their pension and benefits. The teachers are not being unreasonable. Morons who talk about their sicks days and holidays and two months off a year need to visit their local proctologist and get their head out of their asses. Teachers don't get paid during the summer - duh! And for those morons I say this: I challenge you to spend a day in an elementary school and tell me at the end of that day if teachers deserve any less than they get. I challenge you!
Now, not all teachers are created equally. Not all schools either. I'm sure there are areas where things need fixing. But the education system in Canada is one of the best in the world and a big reason for that is because the teachers are valued and paid well. All you have to do is look to our neighbours to the south to see the ramifications of not taking education seriously. Everything else in society spirals from there. Without a good foundation, society crumbles and teachers and education are a big part of our children's foundation.
The saddest part of this whole Bill 115 situation is that this whole scenario has already played out in western Canada. It went to court, where Bill 115 is headed, and it was struck down by the Supreme Court. Why bother wasting more money when this whole thing was supposedly about saving money in the first place?