Dalton McGuinty: Stop attacking teachers for a recession and deficit they didn't cause
  • Petitioned Hon. Dwight Duncan, MPP

This petition was delivered to:

Ontario Minister of Finance & Deputy Premier
Hon. Dwight Duncan, MPP
Ontario Minister of Education
Hon. Laurel Broten, MPP
Leader, New Democratic Party of Ontario
Andrea Horwath, MPP
Finance Critic, New Democratic Party of Ontario
Michael Prue, MPP
Education Critic, New Democratic Party of Ontario
Peter Tabuns, MPP
Ontario Premier
Hon. Dalton McGuinty, MPP

Dalton McGuinty: Stop attacking teachers for a recession and deficit they didn't cause

    1. Petition by

      Tom Marciniec

      St. Catharines, Canada

Public sector workers should not be scapegoats for governments' bad economic policy or neglect to hold white collar criminals accountable.

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Teachers — just like nurses, firefighters, and all public sector workers (yes, even the people who renew your driver's licence) — did not cause the credit crisis that led to the global recession beginning in 2008.

That was the fault of greedy financiers who came up with get-rich-quick schemes to give mortgages to people who couldn't afford them while they made unbelievable profits. Sadly, Canadian banks were on the hook for this too.

Teachers and public sector workers didn't cause the Ontario government's current deficit either.

The Ontario deficit is the result of two things: 1. the lack of sufficient economic growth, largely due to the worldwide financial crisis (see above); and, 2. our government's insistence on cutting corporate taxes — even now when we cannot afford to do so — despite the fact that corporate taxes were already, and still reamin, very low and corporate tax cuts are the least effective way to create jobs, stimulate growth, or spur economic recovery.

So what does this have to do with teachers? That's a good question.

How Premier Dalton McGuinty, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, and Education Minister Laurel Broten get from "we have a deficit that's bigger than we should" to "teachers and all public sector workers must pay for it because they have to share the pain with workers in the private sector who also didn't cause the problem" is a mystery.

The deficit has been caused by the McGuinty government's own ineffective and unaffordable policy of perpetual corporate tax cuts, and by bankers who aren't happy with their $125,000 bonuses (yeah, you read that correctly, annual bonuses that big on top of their salaries).

Send your own message right now to tell your Premier, Finance Minister, and Education Minister to stop attacking teachers and all public sector workers.

It's time for our elected representatives to make the rich and white collar criminals pay for the mess they created instead of freezing the wages of the workers who we need to keep spending money if we want to avoid another recession here in Ontario.

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    • Adam Spivak TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      ITS ENOUGH WITH NO SPORTS TEAMS, NO EXTRA HELP, AND TEACHERS NOT CARING. I WANT EVERY1 TO START CARING AGAIN.

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    • jinan fouani TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      because i love sports

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    • Jean Banks BURLINGTON, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      This attack on teacher's and their salaries hurts women and their families as more teachers are women. All public servants deserve a fair negotiation on their salaries and benefits.

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    • Dannielle Newton HAMILTON, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important to me because this is my grade 8 year and it was supposed to be the best. I was going to try out for every sport and now I can't. I also was happy for dances and other extracurricular activities. And the worst part is, our grad might be the worst one yet. No food or decorations because of this. We were supposed to be the leaders and have so much fun this year, but now we can't. This would mean so much to me if this could change.

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    • Shahbaaz Shakil TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      My dream to be on the badminton team got crumpled.

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