Premier attempts to mislead public about imposing contract

December 6, 2016

For immediate release.

HALIFAX – Yesterday, Stephen McNeil claimed in a television interview that his Liberal government “didn’t talk about imposing a contract,” despite having drafted a bill that would have done just that.

“Over the past three days, the Premier brought about an unprecedented level of chaos for parents and students, and then, instead of taking responsibility for this situation yesterday, he denied it,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “Stephen McNeil plainly manufactured a crisis for parents and students across the province as cover for his own agenda to impose a contract on teachers.”

An Act Respecting a Teachers’ Professional Agreement was drafted on December 2, and includes the following: “…the tentative agreement reached on September 2, 2016, between the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Union, is deemed to constitute a professional agreement entered into by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development as an employer and the Union as the bargaining agent.”

An emergency sitting of the House was scheduled to debate the legislation, but the sitting ended abruptly when the legislation was not introduced.

“While teachers, parents, and students have been utterly clear in their calls for more classroom supports, Stephen McNeil has been focused solely on his own agenda of forcing teachers to back down,” said Burrill. “The only explanation for the Premier’s chaotic, mismanaged, and disrespectful approach with teachers and students, is that he has lost sight of what matters, that our children get the education they need.”


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