Enough rhetoric already, folks

Letter to the editor regarding the war of words between unions and government

For the last several weeks we have been treated to radio and T.V. ads from the B.C. Government and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, both extolling their own virtues. The government is telling us that they’re putting more money into the system than ever before because they care about the kids, and the union telling us that their working conditions are deplorable and that they’re doing it for the kids.

Now this week I’m hearing ads from the B.C. Nurses Union and the rhetoric will be the same. The government will say it’s spending more money than ever because they care about the patients, and the nurses will say that their working conditions are deplorable and that they’re doing it for the patients.

Why this war of words in the public domain? It’s the same every three to four years and I’m tired of it.

Why can’t they sit down in a room and get the job done, come up with an agreement, and then let the voters decide if they like how the government is representing their needs and the union members can decide if they like the way that their leadership is representing them?

The money and effort put into advertising and rhetoric would be much better spent elsewhere.

Bob Broughton

Victoria