Opening Statement



Thursday, 12 June 2014

Liberal Majority! Hudak Resigns!



I'm sure I speak on behalf of most us here in taking this opportunity to thank Mr. Hudak for shooting himself in the foot by picking a fight with those of us in the public service sector. As a teacher in particular I heartily encourage him to use the extra time he now has on his hands since he has resigned as party leader to go back to school to learn math. With full day JK firmly secured might I suggest this would be as good a place as any to begin, considering his apparent skills level as demonstrated over the past year or so in pursing his so called Million Jobs Plan? Keep up the good work Tim!



Premier Wynne scores a majority win against the odds!

Congrats to Kathleen Wynne, if not the OLP! Glad Timbo got his just deserts. And now Andrea has 4 more years to get her act together .... Go Andrea go! Maybe you can do it! But please, get in touch with your traditional union supporters again!

Unfortunately we are not out of the woods yet, far from it. Remember we still have a new contract to negotiate with the majority Liberal government .... sigh. Indeed, the messaging from the teacher affiliate presidents has been mixed. While all are glad Mr. Hudak is all but done with that doesn't necessarily mean it is smooth sailing ahead. With some in trepidation one might check out the reactions HERE!

On is also advised to brush up on Bill 122 our new Collective Bargaining Act 2014 Here!



ELECTION RESULTS:

The CBC election website is Ontario Election

The Toronto CP24 election website isCP24



The Huffington Election web page isHuffington.ca

The Globe + Mail election page is Globe + Mail

The Toronto Star Ontario Election 2014 web page is Toronto Star

The Toronto Sun Ontario Votes 2014 web page isToronto Sun




By the way, the polls were decidedly wrong. What's going on?!? More on my Teacher Summer News Link blog including the pundits' post mortum for the PC's + NDP are @ Go here!


COMMENTS:

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

And what last night proved is what the Liberal backroom boys always knew: you can abuse the teachers of Ontario all you want and as long as the Tories can be portrayed as a threat the federations will come crawling back to lick the Liberal boots. The Liberal attack on our Collective Agreements was vindicated last night. The federations sold us out again...

Anonymous said...

And what choice do we actually have? At least Wynne is educated and reasonable...

Anonymous said...

I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer but... when ORNGE, E-Health, gas plant fiasco, Hydro, hst, Bill 115 are the issues presented to me why would I not send a message (with my vote) to the Liberals. What does Ontario do? We give them a majority; basically saying keep being corrupt, keep doing what you are doing, we love it. Keep kicking us in the head, we want more.

The provincial deficit needs to be lowered or we will end up like Greece, Detroit etc. The Liberals may have not said it but they will have to continue with austerity measures and/ or tax measures. The 10 cents a litre of gas increase is coming to fund the Toronto transit project.
We chose corruption over perceived evil I guess. The average citizen could care less about the wasted billions in the above mentioned scandals. The average citizen does care about his/ her next pay cheque and so when Timmy said he was going to cut 100 000 jobs, most people looked at their own situation and said "there's no way I vote for that guy". I could lose my job. So they ignored the scandals and voted in the Fiberals. For me that's hard to fathom. I guess the bigger problem is that while I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, people of Ontario have to be the biggest gathering of sheep in the world. I guess there were no other options?

Anonymous said...

Some time you should do a blog on the whole Richard Brock Halton elementary unit disciplinary hearing and settlement for closure?

David Chiarelli said...

Yes but right now there is a gag order in place (?!) and nobody is saying anything. Please know I have asked around.

Anonymous said...

Exactly what does the first poster mean saying "again"? Some people are never satisfied unless everything goes their way. These people have no clue.
Having said that, I do hope OECTA provincial doesn't sell us out AGAIN in the future with another concessionary MOU.

Anonymous said...

How does someone- a unit member or a unit executive member- introduce a motion for a bylaw change to set a term limit on how long someone can stay as a unit president? A majority of our unit members want a term limit on the length of the unit presidency but there's resistance to this change from part of the unit executive? Best way to proceed to make this a reality in our unit?

David Chiarelli said...

My regrets on the delay getting back to you. I was on the road ....
A unit member may submit a motion for your Annual General Meeting to set terms should you so please. Make sure you write it up well, and monitor after it is vetted by your units Legislative Committee. Then, and this is where lotsa folks screw up, show up with a lot of members who will vote for your motion at the AGM.

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