There is something wrong with our education system, from the bottom up, when we hear of the extent of partisan interference at the moment.
Yesterday, for example, we heard that there was illegal advance polling going on at the University of Guelph in anticipation of the May 2nd, 2011 federal election. What I find especially disturbing is that Election Canada is hinting that this advance voting is nothing new, so why the complaints. Well, because it smells to high heaven, that’s why. Next up, of course, is that someone will try and pin it on the very “conservatives” who are complaining.
Now, today, we find out that Carolyn Duhamel, the Director of the Manitoba School Board Association (H/T Been There Done That at JNW), has been delivering anti-Harper propaganda to all the school divisions in the province, over and above writing a scathing anti-Conservative editorial on their spending too much money on prisons. Duhamel is a public servant. What on earth is she doing spending public money on a partisan campaign.
Speaking of public servants, earlier this week I wrote about how the Ontario Catholic Teachers’ Association (who strangely have a motto saying “Who Speaks For Children,” was adding a special levy to teachers’ membership dues to pay for a $3 million anti-Hudak, anti-Ontario progressive conservative ad campaign in anticipation of the provincial election in early October 2011.
Well, now we find out how the $3 million are going to be spent — on an anti-Conservative billboard campaign — when as Catherine Swift of the Independent Business Federation suggests to James Ryan, OECTA’s President, (H/T Cadoodle), that the public money should be spent on kids and schools. And, yes, the $3 million is public money because the extra “compulsory” union dues are being taken out of teachers’ salaries, which come from the public purse.
Put another way, if teachers don’t need the money they are allowing their unions to allocate towards partisanship, then they can give it back to taxpayers. Moreover, teachers should remind their union officials that by being so openly partisan, they are NOT speaking for children. Rather, they are speaking for themselves, their salaries, their benefits and their perks. Nothing wrong with that, of course, given that collective bargaining is legal in this country, but when it is to influence political outcomes, then it is VERY wrong.
The result of all this? Canadians need to take a good look at the “public” institutions in their country — be it related to education or the CBC. They have been Liberal sympathizers so long, they assume there is nothing wrong with using public money to convince the public not to vote Conservative. Well, I have a feeling there is going to be a huge backlash on May 2nd.
As I wrote in yesterday’s post, and so many commenters agreed, the media fears losing their influence. Well, they already have because whether it is federally on May 2nd or provincially in Ontario on October 6th, it’s about choice. our choice, not theirs. And, it’s about our money, public money, not theirs, that should not be used for partisan purposes.
Last but not least, the reason so many Canadians are favouring the Conservative Party and its leader, is because of Stephen Harper’s leadership and his government’s accomplishments.