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

Just Posted

Victoria Police host Faith-Based Safety Forum in light of recent religious attacks

More than 35 faith-based leaders voice concerns, air questions

Still barriers to abortion access on Vancouver Island

Experts say transportation, support, doctors can be barriers to accessing abortion

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Most Read