NDP

Cape Breton Liberal backbenchers should say how they will vote on Bill 75

February 18, 2017


For Immediate Release

SYDNEY – As thousands of people take action across the province to oppose Stephen McNeil’s attempt to take away teachers’ rights, NDP Leader Gary Burrill is calling on Liberal backbenchers in Cape Breton to say if they will vote in favour of Bill 75.  Bill 75 would force an unwanted contract on the teachers of the province.

“David Wilton, Derek Mombourquette and Pam Eyking face a very difficult choice next week,” said Burrill. “Given Cape Breton’s long and proud history of trade unionism, they must choose to either vote with the unionized teachers of Cape Breton or vote with Stephen McNeil.”

Yesterday, teachers organized demonstrations against the Liberals in Sydney, New Waterford, Port Hawkesbury, Glace Bay, North Sydney and other communities.  Teachers from Cape Breton also took a bus to Halifax for demonstrations at Province House.  There have been rumours circulating widely that at least one backbencher is seriously considering voting against the legislation.

“Cape Breton Liberals have a choice, and if they choose to vote against the teachers of Cape Breton, there will be a serious price to pay when they next face voters,” said Burrill.

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