Prov­ince at fault

Poll par­tic­i­pants place blame in teach­ers dis­pute

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

The prov­ince is at fault in the on­go­ing teach­ers labour dis­pute, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent poll of Cape Bre­ton Post read­ers.

More than 72 per cent of vot­ers chose that op­tion in our in­for­mal sur­vey of pub­lic opin­ion on the lin­ger­ing is­sue.

We asked, ‘who do you think is at fault in the on­go­ing labour dis­agree­ment be­tween the Nova Sco­tia Teach­ers Union and the prov­ince?’

Be­sides ‘The prov­ince,’ other op­tions were ‘The Nova Sco­tia Teach­ers Union,’ ‘Equal blame’ and an ‘Other’ cat­e­gory.

Just over 18 per cent of votes were cast for the teach­ers union, over seven per cent said equal blame, while less than two per cent voted in the other cat­e­gory.

In the poll’s com­ments sec­tion An­drew Ni­chol­son wrote that as peo­ple our most im­por­tant job is to pre­pare the next gen­er­a­tion for life.

“When the gov­ern­ment tries to balance its books by short­chang­ing our chil­dren we all lose,” he wrote.

“To be hon­est teach­ers get enough,” wrote a voter named Joe.

Per­haps the prob­lem is blam­ing ei­ther, ac­cord­ing to Wal­ter Bond.

“Makes bet­ter sense to re­solve the prob­lem be­tween June 30 and Aug. 30 so as to avoid dis­rupt­ing the sys­tem both sides proudly serve,” Bond wrote in the poll’s com­ments sec­tion.

“There is al­ways a bet­ter way than this present morass of stale­mate progress. The us and them rit­ual is coun­ter­pro­duc­tive and a clear in­di­ca­tion that ma­tu­rity is on the verge of ex­tinc­tion.”

There were more than 1,281 votes cast as of Mon­day morn­ing in this poll.

Go online to http://poll. fm/5r3ax to find the poll.

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