NDP

Any teacher, parent, or student should be able to speak to Law Amendments, Burrill

February 12, 2017


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – NDP Leader Gary Burrill is calling on the Liberal government to guarantee that any teacher, parent, or student who wants to speak to the Standing Committee on Law Amendments will be able to. In order to accommodate teachers, students, and parents, the committee should be scheduled outside of school hours and witnesses should be given the standard, full 15 minutes to speak.

“At every turn, Stephen McNeil has in effect responded to teachers’ cries for classroom supports with ‘Shut up and get back to work.’ Law Amendments is the only opportunity for the public to speak directly to this bill and people should have the right to speak there,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “A bare minimum respect for democracy requires it.”

The Liberal government has limited the ability to appear before Law Amendments in the past, including limiting speaking time for witnesses to five minutes and capping the number of individuals who can appear.

“However long it takes, as long as there is still a teacher, parent or student who has something to say on this legislated end to the teachers’ negotiations, they should be able to say it,” said Burrill.

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For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.