Letters: Altering reality

Columnist Tom Fletcher gets slammed for BCTF comments

Corporate thugs masquerading as Conservative MPs in Ottawa like to dress up party ideology as evidence but we should reject this approach in B.C.

Tom Fletcher wants to continue his diatribe against the BCTF by posing the union as the bad guys in the ongoing class war between the BC  Liberals and the teachers’ union. Somehow Fletcher can pan clear evidence and come to a completely opposite opinion to those in the know. The judge who perused the evidence, (still kept hidden by the Clark government), said the BC Liberals acted in bad faith by pushing the teachers into a strike position to gain votes. Then the lead government negotiator swore under oath that the government strategy was to be so unreasonable in negotiations that the BCTF would have to strike putting thousands of parents, employers, kids and teachers into province wide chaos. This is from the “families first” claims of Premier Clark.

So, either the judge doesn’t know what she’s doing or the government’s chief negotiator has lied under oath in admitting his goal and the government’s goal was to force a province wide shutdown of schools.

Maybe Tom Fletcher is so far out of it on the right wing that his Conservative soap box doesn’t provide a clear view of what many of us can plainly see. The strategy of altering reality to suit political goals employed by federal Conservatives is scary and doesn’t belong in our province.

Ted Roberts

Sooke