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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, Number 6, April 2005

The premier’s words and the premier’s actions

"First of all, I don’t believe in ripping up agreements."
– Gordon Campbell in an interview with a representative of the Hospital Employees’ Union, November 2000

"My government’s goal is to leave British Columbians confident that they can trust us."
– Premier Gordon Campbell, speech at Cabinet swearing-in ceremony, June 5, 2001

"What I always try to do is follow what I understand the rules to be."
– Premier Gordon Campbell, quoted in The Vancouver Sun, February 18, 2005


The premier’s actions

• Ripped up the teachers’ agreement.

• Ripped up the hospital employees’ agreement.

• Ripped up the nurses’ agreement.

• Ignored a ruling by the International Labour Organization that he had overstepped his authority in ripping up agreements.

• Brought in legislation to overturn a court decision undoing his stripping of part of the teachers’ agreement.

• Overturned an arbitration award for doctors.

• Sold part of BC Hydro after promising not to.

• Sold BC Rail after promising not to.

• Privatized BC Ferries after promising not to.

• Spent $6 million attempting to privatize the Coquihalla Highway.

• Privatized services in hospitals.

• Passed legislation encouraging school districts to set up private companies.

• Overturned an arbitration award for provincial prosecutors, March 1, 2005.

There is a disturbing difference between Campbell’s words and actions.

On May 17, 2005, we have the opportunity to let him know that we do not support his agenda of privatization and attacks on workers and their rights.

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