Liberals refusing to release 275 pages of documents on Teachers’ Professional Agreement Act

January 17, 2017

For Immediate Release

HALIFAX – The provincial government is refusing to release 275 pages of documents related to An Act Respecting a Teachers’ Professional Agreement, which the Liberal government had planned to introduce on December 5 after locking students out of classrooms.

On December 7, the NDP Caucus filed a Freedom of Information request for all communications related to the legislation. Late last week, the Caucus received a response that the government was refusing to release any of the 275 pages related to the draft legislation on the grounds the material was either advice to ministers or subject to solicitor/client privilege. The full response is available here.

“The Liberals threw the lives of parents and students into chaos for this legislation and are now refusing to be up-front about the reasoning behind it,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “Keeping students out of class is a serious decision, and the public deserves to know the government’s true justification.”

“Karen Casey has repeatedly gone to the media to air concerns over the bargaining process and to complain about teachers’ activities. Yet, on this key issue, parents, teachers, students, and the public are being left in the dark,” said Lenore Zann, NDP Education Critic. “Parents want to know why the Liberal government locked students out of schools.”

The NDP Caucus will be filing a review of the denial of the Freedom of Information request.

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For more information, please contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.