Teachers deserve better from premier

Agassiz teacher feeling like "an enemy of the province" following Clark's press conference

I have taught some 35 years and am in the twilight of my proud profession– teaching. During this time, never could I have imagined a day in which a premier of my province would hold a press conference such as we witnessed on Wednesday. Not only was misinformation promulgated (unlimited massages), but it seemed to me that there was a tone, belittling teachers for not doing the right thing; I was left feeling that I was an enemy of the province. I won’t go into detail, but the government does not have clean hands in this whole, sorry saga.  I had been hoping for statesmanship from Premier Clark, and perhaps naively, an olive branch. It has been reported that the Liberals have even hired people to the tune of some $355,000, to go on social media and continue this approach. Teachers are not enemies.  We are professionals who have spent large sums of money, and several years learning our craft. We take pride in changing lives for the better. In the past we have chosen to improve class composition in place of wage increases.  We deserve better, especially from the Premier of our beloved province.

John Dumas

Agassiz