LETTER: I have lost confidence in government

The Editor,

I am a mother, wife, PAC member, union member, university graduate and taxpayer. I am unhappy with the conflict between the government and the BCTF.

It is outrageous to believe teachers are incapable of understanding budget needs and need to try to live in the real world. To compare teaching to being a business person or an entrepreneur, or being responsible for staff, is like comparing apples to fruit.

Teachers are the epitome of an entrepreneur, basing their whole teaching life on a new product: the child in their untaught state and betting on their future. Teachers pay taxes, they work second jobs, their spouses work jobs, they operate in the financial world. They teach our children about finances, about the working world, about regulations and structure.

I am deeply unhappy with my government – my government, elected by the people of B.C., to act for the people of B.C. I am no longer comfortable with the belief that this BC Liberal government, headed by Christy Clark, is listening to the people who elected them.

Our children are quite literally our future. They will be the ones in politics, in our hospitals and police force, taking care of us when we can no longer care for ourselves. It behooves us to give them the best education, not only for their immediate futures (decent jobs as they grow into adulthood) but for our future as a province.

That this government is placing more importance on balancing the budget of "right now" than looking at the future budget shows a profound lack of forethought.

I am no longer confident in my government. I would like them to resign.

Sharleen Buist


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