Statement from Gary Burrill
February 9, 2017
For immediate release.
HALIFAX – NDP Leader Gary Burrill made the following statement tonight about the vote by teachers to reject the latest offer from the Liberal government:
Today’s vote again demonstrates that Stephen McNeil refuses to listen to teachers. For several months, teachers, parents, and students have made it clear that the status quo in our province’s classrooms cannot continue.
Stephen McNeil keeps telling us we can’t make investments in our children. This Liberal government is willing to sacrifice the education of a generation and burn out the most qualified group of teachers in the history of the province to protect their balanced budget.
The truth is, there is so much that we can do. We can put students’ needs first. We can negotiate a fair deal with teachers that includes putting issues of class size and composition in the contract, and making the necessary investments to make sure students and teachers have every chance for success.
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