The NDP leader gave a spirited, enthusiastic and very well received speech at our OECTA AGM. She noted that not a single NDP member voted for Bill 115. She noted she went to Catholic school and so did her children. She recognizes the good work done our teachers have done. She brought up the hypocrisy of corporate tax cuts while working families struggle. Emphasis was brought to bear on how standardized testing is now being questioned even in the USA. Most importantly, teachers should not be used as political pawns.
Summary: A direct and punchy performance that stuck to the NDP's main points at QP. Andrea was confident and a received a very heartfelt and sustained standing ovation. There was a strong sense of movement and momentum about her presence unlike during Premier Wynne's speech yesterday.
Of course, being in opposition Andrea can say + promise anything. Still I am pleased with a strong NDP party picking up the slack at QP as Hudak goes on the teacher offensive, and ETFO + OSSTF fail to have their concerns addressed. Also the OLP's "gun to the head" success in securing the OECTA MOU means we can't let them treat us with such disrespect and disregard, whatever they might say to the contrary! Wynne can't continue to rest on her laurels. I am glad to see Andrea holding her butt to the fire. Enough warm pleasantries and memories. She's the premier now. So far all I hear is words.
Go Andrea go!
OECTA's Chris Karuhanga thanks Andrea on the delegates behalf.
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