Wynne is con­sis­tent only in be­ing in­con­sis­tent

Shoreline Beacon - - Opinion -

As a mat­ter of course, the NDP is against forc­ing strik­ers back to work, no mat­ter what the cir­cum­stances.

In ad­di­tion, col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing is a sa­cred prin­ci­ple to the Dip­pers, no mat­ter how much it has been proven to be in­ef­fec­tive if not to­tally use­less in set­tling dis­putes such as this one.

How­ever, the NDP is not the only party that must shoul­der re­spon­si­bil­ity for keep­ing col­lege stu­dents out for five weeks.

Pre­cious time was wasted when the em­ploy­ers tried de­tour­ing around union lead­ers and forc­ing mem­bers to vote on a pro­posal that turned out to be doomed.

Union lead­ers don’t es­cape re­spon­si­bil­ity for the strike drag­ging on ei­ther. They chose to die on the hill of aca­demic free­dom. It’s a com­plex and thorny is­sue that needs to be re­solved, with in­put from the peo­ple of On­tario who pay the freight for col­leges.

It is not an is­sue to be dis­cussed while teach­ers are shiver­ing on picket lines and stu­dents face los­ing their se­mes­ter.

With half a mil­lion stu­dents turfed out of class by this strike, there are that many sto­ries of hard­ship. Worst among those are the young peo­ple who have given up jobs and bor­rowed to the hilt in or­der to re­turn to class in the name of self-im­prove­ment.

With lots of blame to go around, the lion’s share of re­spon­si­bil­ity still lies squarely with the provin­cial govern­ment.

Back to work leg­is­la­tion was re­quired to end this messy sit­u­a­tion and there is no rea­son why it wasn’t in­tro­duced weeks ago. At two weeks this strike had dragged on too long and the sit­u­a­tion only went down­hill af­ter that.

For col­lege teach­ers where is the prece­dent the Lib­er­als have set of buy­ing labour peace at all costs? This is the same govern­ment that paid mil­lions to pub­lic sec­tor unions to cover ex­penses the unions might in­cur while bar­gain­ing against the peo­ple of On­tario.

At the time of that piece of non­sense, renowned labour lawyer, Howard Le­vitt wrote, “In my 37 years of prac­tis­ing labour law, I have never even heard of, let alone been in­volved in, an em­ployer client re­im­burs­ing unions for their costs at the bar­gain­ing table.”

So it’s been all about pro-union for this govern­ment, ex­cept when it comes to the com­plex is­sues around col­leges, in­clud­ing full ver­sus part time.

In­stead of get­ting on with a res­o­lu­tion, the govern­ment con­tin­ues to drag its feet to the point of be­ing in­ef­fec­tive.

Another ques­tion about this lag­gardly ap­proach to get­ting col­leges open again, is the govern­ment’s re­cent cater­ing to On­tario stu­dents of about col­lege age.

Th­ese are the same leg­is­la­tors who are try­ing to buy the votes of young peo­ple by giv­ing ev­ery­one un­der the age of 25 ac­cess to pre­scrip­tion drugs, free of charge.

So young peo­ple from fam­i­lies who live on mil­lion­aire’s row get free drugs but those who have risked ev­ery­thing to get more ed­u­ca­tion are left hang­ing on by the tips of their fin­gers.

Th­ese dif­fer­ing ap­proaches show an un­set­tling lack of strat­egy even on this govern­ment’s only pri­or­ity is­sue get­ting re-elected.

The only way Kathleen Wynne and gang show any kind of con­sis­tency seems to be by be­ing in­con­sis­tent.

How long can this go on?

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