Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ontario teachers dispute ends in distasteful fashion

After months of bitter wrangling between Ontario’s teachers and the provincial Liberal government, the warring factions seem to be kissing and making up.

But the way it’s happening is distasteful, to say the least. And, no surprise, money is at the heart of it.

For years, the Liberals and teachers enjoyed a mutually harmonious relationship. Dalton McGuinty styled himself as the “education premier” after coming to power in 2003, facilitating generous contracts between educators and the school boards that employ them.

In exchange for contracts that increased their wages by 34 per cent over eight years – while many Ontarians in other professions saw their pay frozen or cut, or their jobs eliminated entirely – teachers gave the Liberals strong support at election time, helping to deliver three consecutive wins at the polls.

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