Resign or apologize, for misrepresenting Ontario teachers
  • Petitioned Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten

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Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten
Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten

Resign or apologize, for misrepresenting Ontario teachers

    1. Tom Megginson
    2. Petition by

      Tom Megginson

      Ottawa, Canada

June 2013


Ontario Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Laurel Broten has announced her resignation from provincial politics

“I don’t believe the average Ontario worker would expect to get a 5.5 per cent pay increase after taking the summer off and refusing to negotiate,” Broten said in a shot at unions representing elementary and high school teachers that walked away from bargaining with the province.

The Education Minister's primary responsibility is to ensure the quality of education for the province's students. Part of this responsibility is to attract the best-educated and most committed people to the teaching profession.

The statement above is, quite simply, a lie. Teachers do not "take off" the summer months; they are seasonal workers. They are paid, according to contract, to work the school year. By intentionally misrepresenting the teachers' work ethic and commitment, Minister Broten has created a toxic working environment for all Ontario teachers.

Such a willfully ignorant and provocative statement shows that Ms. Broten is unworthy of the job of Education Minister. It is the kind of vilification more common among members of the United States' "Tea Party" or its right-wing radio pundits, and is entirely inappropriate in Ontario politics. Especially from someone who knows much, much better.

Whether you are behind the teachers or not, in their demand that Ontario respect the collective bargaining process, signing this petition is a demand for honesty and honour in Canadian politics. We all deserve better.

New Democrat House leader Gilles Bisson said, “It’s most unfortunate the minister is trying to pick a fight.”

We, the undersigned, believe it is beyond unfortunate. It is shameful.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. Excellent comment: "not becoming behaviour of a Minister in Public Office"

      Tom Megginson
      Petition Organizer

      "Not only did Broten imply that we had somehow been negligent in our job by taking the summer off, she indicated to the public that everyone would be getting a 5.5% wage increase without legislation, which is also a lie. It is only those on the pay grid that would automatically get this increase; everyone else would get a wage freeze as she wishes. These are deliberate efforts on her part to inflame public anger against us, and is horribly disrespectful to teachers. This is not becoming behaviour of a Minister in Public Office. She nor anyone else would find it appropriate for us to lie about a student to others in order to anger people against that student. That would be considered to be bullying and abusive behaviour not becoming of a teacher. Her words are also bullying, abusive, and not becoming of a Minister in Public Office. It is unacceptable for her to speak about her public servants in such a disrespectful way."

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Yasmine Samaan MARKHAM, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago


    • Sylvia Mollison GUELPH, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am dedicated to my job as a teacher and am insulted to hear anyone criticize what I do - especially someone who has never walked a mile in my shoes....

    • Marianne Sidrak ROCHESTER, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I care and want this system better and stronger

    • Kayla Corkum MILTON, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is important because I am a teacher-an excellent one who works very hard and deserves to be treated with respect.

    • Jackie Yallup WOODSTOCK, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe a pay raise was not the issue. The government did not negotiate in good faith


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