EDITORIAL: Teacher unions are always angry

The fact shouting, placard-waving protesters briefly surrounded Education Minister Stephen Lecce’s car when he was leaving Ogden Junior Public School Wednesday after announcing, ironically, new anti-bullying measures, was no surprise.

But what was amusing was hearing New Democrat and Liberal MPPs argue the reason for the teachers’ anger (to be fair, we don’t know that all of them were teachers) was that the government has failed to communicate with them.


Protesting teachers gather around Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce’s car as he is driven from a Toronto school after making an announcement on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Have the Liberals and NDP forgotten how many times their governments clashed with Ontario’s perpetually angry teacher unions — for the Liberals from 2003 to 2018, for the NDP from 1990 to 1995?

Everyone knows the teacher unions have been angry with every provincial government in Ontario for decades, no matter which party is in power.

Ontario Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman recently reported Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government has put aside sufficient funds — $1.6 billion — to allow school boards to reduce teaching positions over four years, without mass layoffs.