||Volume 16, Number 5, April 2004 |
Planning for the election
Gary Coons, Prince Rupert
I think the provincial election on May 17, 2005, is very important for public education because the future of our children is at stake. The B.C. Liberal government, in their plans to privatize public education, have adopted an agenda that attacks teachers, attacks public education, and puts our students at risk. Teachers, along with the many other proponents of public education, must work tenaciously to elect MLAs who support public education and who realize the importance of our most valuable resource: our children.
I plan to participate in the provincial election by encouraging friends, colleagues, and neighbours to become more aware of the issues and the importance of electing a candidate who will not attack the most vulnerable people in our society, candidates who will not attack public education, candidates who will support the Charter for Public Education, and candidates who will not treat workers in their province vindictively.
I am committed to that end.
I hope my local and the Federation will take the initiative to elect candidates who support public education. Now is the time to dedicate support, financial and other, to MLAs who will uphold the ideals of public education, restore adequate funding, and address the welfare of students and teachers.
Pummy Kaur, SurreyI think the provincial election on May 17, 2005, is very important for public education because
the people who have been most negatively affected by the policies of the current government are the most vulnerable and least able to speak for themselves. They include our children, who are suffering from a multipronged attack by the government on school districts, teachers, single mothers, services for women and children living with domestic violence, child and youth access to community services, affordable healthcare, equitable access to tertiary education, and child-labour protection.
I plan to participate in the provincial election by helping the candidate who has been unselfishly committed to, and has a proven track record of having served the needs of children, someone who understands that our local, national, international, and global politics have a direct bearing on the well-being of every child in every home in B.C. I would be a very poor role model to our children if my actions did not support my policies.
I hope my local and the Federation will:
• urge members to become candidates.
• provide support for those candidates.
• support and endorse other candidates of the type described above, of any political party.
• educate members on the need to be involved in the governance of our lives, our profession, our province, and our country.
Paul Steer, DeltaI think the provincial election on May 17, 2005, is very important for public education because
it will provide an opportunity for every teacher to judge the government’s educational record. Teachers rarely vote as a block, but they do vote. They vote for candidates who value and support their work, their students, their schools, and communities. Voters, including teachers, are knowledgeable and sophisticated. In 2005, they won’t be fooled a second time on educational issues.
I plan to participate in the provincial election by exercising my skills as an educator. I’ll educate my students to the importance of registering and voting on election day. I’ll educate parents and others to share with me their opinions and educational concerns. I’ll continue to educate myself by identifying which candidate’s educational policies best support public education. I’ll provide financial support to the campaign, and become actively involved.
I hope my local and the Federation will recognize our strength comes from classroom teachers. I support collective political action that is focussed, and brings results. A successful conclusion to bargaining in 2004, with gains in salary, benefits, language, and other issues, might well be the best preparation for May 17, 2005 that the BCTF can make.