Education Update: A Message from Premier Christy Clark
Dear British Columbians,
Early this morning, I received the best possible news: a tentative agreement with the BCTF.
By working together, we found a way to improve class composition, give teachers a fair wage increase, and for the first time ever, a six-year agreement to bring stability to B.C.’s world-leading education system – all without cutting services, going into deficit, or raising your taxes.
The agreement still needs to be ratified, but in the meantime, I’m writing to say thank you to a number of people who made it happen – most importantly, you.
I want to thank both bargaining teams for their tireless efforts and sleepless nights at the negotiating table.
I want to thank leaders on both sides, including Jim Iker of the BCTF, and Education Minister Peter Fassbender.
But most of all, I want to thank you, and every British Columbian, for your patience.
This was crucial. It gave negotiators the time and space they needed to reach this tentative agreement the right way – discussion, not confrontation.
Hopefully, the agreement will be ratified shortly, and we can all put our focus where it should be: one of the best public education systems in the world, preparing students for increasing opportunities in a healthy, growing economy.
Hon. Christy Clark, MLA
Premier of British Columbia
Leader of Today’s BC Liberals