Lack of re­spect for teach­ers?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I watched care­fully Eastlink’s cov­er­age of the fall sit­ting of the P.E.I. leg­is­la­ture and the end-ofyear in­ter­views with our premier, Wade MacLauch­lan, on CBC and Eastlink as well as his New Year’s greet­ing.

I don’t see the change in our new Lib­eral govern­ment. Just more of the same ar­ro­gance and pompous­ness. The play­ers for the most part have just changed. The stage has just been re­dec­o­rated. Where’s the real char­ac­ter change?

Our young peo­ple have very poor role mod­els for their be­hav­iour in gen­eral and their at­ti­tude to­wards hard-work­ing ded­i­cated peo­ple past and present in this prov­ince. Where’s the re­spect and fair­ness in this govern­ment?

Your re­tired teach­ers, Mr. Premier, over the age of 65, have still not had their very own drug in­sur­ance plan re­in­stated to 2013 cov­er­age.

In the fall sit­ting of the leg­is­la­ture 2013 the stroke of the Lib­eral govern­ment pen made it im­pos­si­ble for us to af­ford the pre­mi­ums on our very own drug in­sur­ance group plan, that we pay for en­tirely out of our own pock­ets, and have had since 1973. We are still wait­ing to have our cov­er­age re­in­stated.

If it was a mis­take on govern­ment’s part, why is it not cor­rected by the same pen of au­thor­ity? Who in your govern­ment, Mr. Premier, is speak­ing up for the QEH com­mis­sion­aires who were so dis­grace­fully fired from their ded­i­cated jobs back in Oc­to­ber 2015, and re­placed with cheap labour?

Your re­cent rhetoric, Mr. Premier, about con­sul­ta­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion is just a front. My col­leagues and I don’t see the change.

We see a to­tal lack of re­spect for the once one-room school­teacher, who prac­ti­cally vol­un­teered to teach, so that our young peo­ple could get a de­cent education. So how about it, Mr. Premier, let’s see the real change. Pearl Sav­ille MacEach­ern, Clyde River

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