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British Columbia's HST fiasco

Did Finance Minister Kevin Falcon or any of the Liberals learn anything from the HST referendum?

Premier Christy Clark promised that the referendum would take place just like a normal election, but she then allowed third-party advertisements without disclosure. We'll never know how many millions were spent on trying to convince people to vote for the HST, but we know the government spent $7 million. It wasn't just the advertising campaign that failed any reasonable test of transparency; information provided by the government and its "independent panel" couldn't be verified. One of the lessons the Liberals should learn from their HST failure is that transparency is essential in order to earn public trust.

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August 5, 2014 |
Christy Clark government's latest political ploy in its dispute with the BC Teachers Federation demonstrates the BC Liberals' lack of commitment to education.

Why B.C. Liberals want to push to privatize public education

Photo: flickr/Tyler Nienhouse

"Privatization does not mean you take a public institution and give it to some nice person. It means you take a public institution and give it to an unaccountable tyranny." -- Noam Chomsky, American philosopher

The B.C. Liberal government can't fail when it comes to further privatizing public education.

That conclusion is clear as B.C. teachers face their summer of discontent on picket lines without strike pay, mediation, negotiations or any movement on class size and composition.

But for the government, it's the summer of privatization love. Look at the evidence:

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| July 18, 2014
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| June 23, 2014
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| June 23, 2014
June 20, 2014 |
OSSTF/FEESO President Paul Elliott said, “the attack on public education in British Columbia is an attack on us all, and OSSTF/FEESO will continue to stand in solidarity with BCTF.”
June 20, 2014 |
Labour leaders have gathered in solidarity with the 40,000 teachers who are standing up for the rights of children to a quality public education by demanding a fair collective agreement.
June 13, 2014 |
In a mandate letter to Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux, Premier Christy Clark has failed to stop the planned closure of the Victoria Youth Custody Services centre.
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