How far back does Ken's involvement with the OLP go?
WAS CORAN'S COZY RELATIONSHIP WITH WYNNE AND HIS EVENTUAL LIBERAL CANDIDACY ONE OF THE BARGAINING CHIPS UNDER THE TABLE DURING THE OSSTF NEGOTIATIONS?
A rank and file OSSTF member, posting on Facebook, has provided this information:
On June 28, 2013, two days before the end of his term as OSSTF President, Coran announced his candidacy for Liberal MPP for the riding of London West. It is clear that he had decided to join the Liberals--a governing party which had recently stripped contracts and removed the right to strike--some time before ending his duties as President. Liberal riding president for London West, Scott Courtice, remarked that “After an extensive search, the nomination committee put forward only one name to the Ontario Liberal Party office – Ken Coran …….Coran was also the only candidate to file nomination papers with the Ontario Liberal Party.” [Obviously this happened well before June 28th. We need to find out exactly when those papers were filed]
A much earlier article about the vacant Liberal riding from March 1st suggested the Liberals were "keeping it under wraps" whom they would run. “Based on the people we’ve been speaking to, we’re pretty confident we’re going to get a candidate of (Bentley’s) calibre,” said Scott Courtice, the Liberals’ London West riding association president. “They are big shoes, but I know we’ve got a crew of (potential candidates) that will be able to fill them.” [Was Coran one of these potential candidates while negotiations were still going on?????]
By June 17th, "Both the NDP and PCs have announced candidates for the London West riding, but the Liberal Party has yet to do so." [Could it be the timing in relation to Coran's responsibilities as OSSTF President as negotiations were still very much being sorted out under the Memorandum of Understanding?]
At the site of his July 2nd nomination meeting, I asked Coran when he was contacted by the Liberals, and he stated that June 7th was the first day of contact regarding the nomination for London West.
Today's Guest Blogger:
Tim Heffernan is a long time OSSTF activist from Toronto. He was Vice-President of North York OSSTF in 1997-98 and a member of the District 12, Toronto, Secondary Teachers’ Bargaining Unit Executive. Until his retirement in June of this year, he was a teacher at York Mills Collegiate. Tim is also a founding member of REWT – Rank and file Education Workers of Toronto, likely to be soon renamed as Rank and file Education Workers Together (in order to keep the acronym while indicating that the group’s spread is now a lot wider than Toronto)
Tim presents Ken Coran's perplexing 2005 OSSTF presidential election materials @ Ken Coran NDP?
What is to be done? The Anatomy of a Sell Out @ REWT
Peter Hasek's guest blog on how the OSSTF MOU painted teachers into a political corner @ Vote No!
Rob Scott's guest blog on how the OSSTF MOU represented complete surrender @ OSSTF MOU too
Would you like to write a guest blog too? More info @ Guest Blogs!
See my blog on the London West By-election below.