(UPDATED) The Pattern of Deception: Christy Clark’s Claim About Peace With BC Teachers is Yet Another Sham!
I am working on a follow up piece for Monday that should blow the cover off the Boessenkool Affair–and CLEARLY demonstrate, why the head of the BC Public Service Agency, Lynda Tarras, must resign immediately. Facilitating the Premier’s Office in covering up the Boessenkool (non) investigation is NOT the first time she’s provided an unusual laxity (my charity is on display again) with respect to either a sitting premier or one of his staff. It not only shows her bias, but that she doesn’t care about the integrity of her charges–the government bureaucrats, who are all paid by YOU.
In the meantime, let’s have a closer look at our Premier’s commitment to have a decade long labour peace with the BCTF.
I’m surprised the rest of the media haven’t caught wind of this.
—– Message —–
From: “BC Teachers’ Federation” <email@example.com>
To: “BC Teachers’ Federation” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Subject: BCTF News, October 2012
Volume 18, Number 2, October 2012
Talks stall on Letter of Understanding
A letter of understanding (LOU) with BCPSEA agreeing to further discussions on professional growth, evaluation, and local bargaining was signed at the end of June. In the LOU, both parties agreed that government would provide sufficient funds to fully support the professional growth program.
At the beginning of October, the BCTF met with BCPSEA and Mark Brown as facilitator. Early on in the meeting it was apparent that government was not prepared to commit professional-growth funding. The BCTF was clear that a commitment to adequate funds up front was necessary on an item as significant as a professional growth program. BCPSEA’s refusal to even acknowledge the funding commitment effectively ended the meeting.
No further meetings are scheduled at this time. The LOU requires an agreement be reached by October 31.
Brief to the Select Standing Committee on Finance
In the presentation given to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, BCTF President Susan Lambert vividly documented the impact of successive cuts over the last decade. She highlighted three key measures to illustrate the cumulative neglect BC’s public education system has sustained.
• To bring BC’s public education funding as a percentage of GDP just to the Canadian average would cost $609 million.
• To bring operating expenditures to the national average would require $377 million.
• And most telling of all is the Student-Educator Ratio (SER). BC had the worst SER in Canada in 2009–10, the most recent year for which national data is available from Statistics Canada. To bring the ratio of students per teacher up to the national average, BC would have to hire 5,800 more teachers at a cost of $500 million.
The government’s weary refrain of declining enrolment, yet increased funding, masks the true reality of cost increases, downloaded expenditures, insufficient increases, and budget freezes.
Despite declining enrolment, the number of students with special needs increased by more than 1,500 in the last decade. At the same time, BC schools lost over 750 special education teachers. Similarly, the number of English Language Learners (ELL) has grown by more than 1,800 but there are 340 fewer ELL teachers. The number of counsellors dropped by 117 over the past decade, while students are coping with increased stress. Teacher-librarians have also declined by 30% even as information literacy becomes evermore complex and important.
Susan told the committee that the needed improvements could be made by restoring previous taxation levels for large corporations and high-income earners.
The 10-year deal
In a surprise announcement, Premier Christy Clark floated the idea of a 10-year deal with teachers. She conjured up an idyllic picture of sustained “labour peace,” implying that the public education system has been rife with disruption. Yet again, mention was made of the deals concluded recently with other public sector unions suggesting that the BCTF had been standing in the way of an agreement. In reality, the other unions had been offered something, but teachers were offered nothing but concessions.
In an interview on CBC, Education Minister Don McRae emphasized it was the process that needed fixing and skirted questions on the content of negotiations but did admit that at some point in a 10-year deal there would have to be consideration of pay!
In commenting on the proposal, BCTF President Susan Lambert said she was supportive of efforts to improve the bargaining process but added that there needed to be improvements in other areas such as funding and learning conditions. She also expressed the hope that this announcement was not simply a political ploy aimed at mollifying teachers and the public in advance of the election.
Reaction in the media has largely focused on the overly ambitious and unworkable nature of the proposal while nevertheless welcoming the intent to change the bargaining process.
Do you now get what’s going on here? The underscoring is mine, for emphasis.
Still not clear?
Okay, how ’bout a more explicit view?
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From: “BC Teachers’ Federation” <email@example.com>
To: “BC Teachers’ Federation” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Subject: Report on meeting with government
October 30, 2012
Report on meeting with government
You have undoubtedly heard that the premier announced her plan for a “10-year-deal” and consultation with the BC Teachers’ Federation on changes to bargaining structures.
Please rest assured that there will be no 10-year-deal. In an initial meeting on October 25, the Federation received a request to submit a brief to government indentifying bargaining structure changes to improve the process.
We have been pushing for structural changes for many years, including through meetings with various ministries and as an actual bargaining issue in the last round, all to no avail.
The government plans on introducing legislation as early as this February.
See more details on the BCTF Member Portal at https://www.bctf.ca/myBCTF/content.aspx?id=28295 .
So, for the kids in the class wondering why I’m going on about this. It’s a hybrid of the classic ‘bait and swtich’. Christy Clark is a master manipulator and a cool pro at this game (read: lying).
The sale of BC Rail: In the face of devastating written evidence that implicated her through the corrupt process this asset was sold–in the form of court documents from the Basi-Virk trial–Clark denies any and all involvement and claims, while a leadership candidate, to want the deal with two “criminals” investigated, but not the sale of the asset. When she becomes premier, she shuts down any chance of even releasing the indemnity agreement she previously wanted released, even going so far as pushing then Attorney General Barry Penner to appeal a decision by the courts of this province (!!!) giving the Auditor General access to related materials.
The restructuring of BC Hydro: After stealing the election to become leader of the BC Liberals, Clark announces a moratorium on PR contracts at the govt behemoth–to appear like a fiscal conservative, but synchronously allows for the continual ‘Rape of River’ schemes, which have indebted taxpayers into the billions, and devastated streams and rivers in BC–despite the damning indictment of the BC Utilities Commission, which declared such schemes “answers to non-existent problems.” In addition, the BC Hydro bureaucracy continues to be LOADED with BC Liberal toadies and hacks, with fancy titles and booming salaries. Get it? Clark says one thing all while having made clear plans to do another!
Senate reform: She knocks off some incomprehensible drivel to national papers about greater representation for BC, but when pressed for specifics, says that the province was “currently” under a process to propose changes, so she couldn’t comment further. Meanwhile, then house leader Rich Coleman explains that the discussion wouldn’t be for months and there were no plans to move up any possible legislative changes or recommendations, and that no such committee for review had been struck. Again, Clark saying one thing, while clearly knowing from simply attending Cabinet, that it wasn’t possible and the govt was headed in another direction.
Open and transparent government: Let’s count the courageous, top-notch reporters, who challenged her and felt her wrath or rudeness–and all caught on tape. Mi-Jung Lee from CTV. Marcella Bernardo from CKNW, Jas Johal of Global TV. Bob Mackin of CKNW. Mike Smyth of the Province. If Clark is intent to change government to being more open and transparent, shouldn’t that begin with her? Of course it should. But as we now know, she had no intention of ever doing that–it was yet another lie. Otherwise, she’d order the indemnity/settlement agreement with Dave Basi and Bob Virk released immediately, and not make HER OWN AUDITOR GENERAL HAVE TO FIGHT HER GOVERNMENT FOR IT IN BC COURTS!!!
The Jaspal Atwal Affair: Fresh from being a few years out of jail, he attends the govt’s throne speech as a guest of the premier’s office–never mind the lies. He’s put on a special list by a BC Liberal official–also from the Indo-Canadian community, and shows up, cap in hand. When it’s noticed by an outraged Kash Heed and equally astonished Dave Hayer, the complaint to the Speaker’s Office causes great embarrassment to the Premier, further enhanced by her own denials that a man whose presiding trial judge dubbed a “domestic terrorist,” was “unknown” to her. In fact, several witnesses appear and retell of the Premier LAUDING the man at no less than a half dozen campaign fundraisers, inclusive of thanking him personally–before witnesses, at a wrap up party held at the home of new Surrey Panorama hopeful–and long-time Christy Clark shoe-shine boy, Sukh Dhaliwal. Atwal, who remains a very good friend of Sukh Dhaliwal, was an active campaigner for Christy Clark, complimented by her publicly many times for that work. But when confronted by the media, she denies even shaking his hand.
The Throwing Under the Bus of Dave Basi and Bob Virk: The two men dubbed “criminals” by Clark, were the key players in her ascension to MLA, govt member and then Deputy Premier. Virk was her Legislative Assistant from 1996-1999, and Basi was the political equivalent of Brando’s ‘Godfather’ in the world of Christy Clark and then hubby Mark Marissen. No untoward deed was refused and enemies were destroyed with ease by Basi, whose acts were completed perfectly and with great ceremony. Clark used these men and their considerable talents, lauding them often to Gordon Campbell–who, in turn, used and directed them to sell BC Rail to his pal’s company (even though they preferred to see it sold to OmniTRAX). Clark continued to use Basi and Virk through the process and even attended personal events like weddings and (Sikh-equivalent) baptisms for their children. As soon as Basi and Virk reached their utility point, she tossed them aside like used rags. She told Mike Smyth on NW that she was “never that close (with Dave and Bob). Again, doing one thing, and saying another.
The HST: You can blame Clark almost entirely for not demanding it come off as immediately as possible, post-vote. She liked the HST, then hated it, then liked it again, eventually wasting $5,000,000 of YOUR dollars trying to convince you it was wrong to vote to remove it. Saying one thing and doing another.
Then, of course, her unbelievable lies with the Boessenkool affair, and, well, you get what I mean.
I could go on, but that’s enough for today. Oh, yes, speaking of the Boessenkool affair, at this hour, the TWITterverse is aflame with bellyaching by many of the Premier’s media friends, who are moaning about her attending a ceremony with the Lieutenant Governor, rather than being available for questions on the ever-brewing scandal over her former chief aide’s firing.
LOL! Where have they been for two years? This shameless, shameful woman has done this time and again, and they let her get away with it! They facilitated her denials and never probed her lies. Now they’re upset?
Unbelievable. Truly unbelievable. Maybe they can all commiserate at the Webster Awards tonight…in part sponsored by David McLean’s CN.
Lovely province we live in, no?
Tomorrow I’m out of town, so no post.
However, Monday: The Boessenkool bunkerbuster–including evidence that should have Lynda Tarras doing the right thing and resigning (I know, this would require some shame on her part). And what would that post be without a a little more intel of how Tieleman, even though armed long ago with the information I will release Monday, can’t do the story, precisely because he’s a paid PR gunner for the BCMA. Another conflict. Reporter or PR gun-for-hire? You be the judge, because you can’t be both. Trust me, it all ties in together. You WILL be appalled with all of them, I assure you.
Also, next week: Why Jim Chu continues to be a disgrace to the badge of the VPD–with more breaking news on him.
And, yes, I’ll finally do an opinion piece on this FIPA deal with China that has so many of you foaming at the mouth.
Then, I’ll see if we have time to circle back and knock off a piece on Mayor Moonbeam and his new cycling lunacy–I don’t use the bike lanes and bet I’m now healthier and in better shape than most of his fellow cycling fascists. You DON’T need to jeopardize your life on Vancouver’s hills and valleys–that will never change, these people advocating for cycling utopia are LOONS. Drive a car, please, it’s safer. He’s an eco-nutter, along with Meggs et al. But as long as my old pal Peter Armstrong allows that harridan Suzanne Anton and her dimwitted accomplice Mike Klassen to continue running the NPA into the ground, you can say hello in 2014 to Mayor Raymond Louie–you heard it here first. A guarantee. And, a change to Vancouver First, won’t help if the same idiots are running the show. Might as well bring Sam back and kill it off properly.
And last but not least a word or 800 on Professor Sean Holman…and why his blog is sorely missed.
Until Monday, have a super safe and restful weekend.
Hug a child, read a book, mix a colourtini, and then another…
UPDATE: Read the parts I’ve included about Clark’s conduct on the HST and how she despicably threw Basi and Virk under the bus, after they performed such exceptional work for her and her ex-husband Mark Marrisen.
Also, tune into the Global BC tonight. At 6:45pm the Premier will be on to talk–according to Keith Baldrey. If that station has allowed itself to become an advertising center for the BC Liberals, I will suspend this blog and stop at nothing to drag them in front of the CRTC for a reprimand. What a TOTAL DISGRACE!!!
Where is the goddamned balance? There had better be some. Let’s see at 6:45pm. I’ll be watching in the Batcave.
Did you catch the Premier last night on Global??? A pathetic display, although I am wondering aloud why on earth Global would accept such advertising. Yes, I know, it’s business, but if any party really wants to impress me, they should come out with a platform that states clearly: NO POLITICAL ADVERTISING while government. In other words, run ads, by all means, but not during the news hours and not like this. They’re using our money to try to fool us. Same went for the HST. What a sham of a govt this is, honestly. For shame!