BCTF launches its first provincial election ad

The next provincial election is May 9 and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation’s contribution to the election advertising campaign gets underway on Monday, March 20.

BCTF President Glen Hansman previewed the BCTF’s latest television ad that will hit the airwaves on Monday. The ad is the first part of the BCTF’s campaign leading up to the provincial election and the period when school district budgets will be set for the coming school year. It can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube.

“On May 9, we’re asking British Columbians, especially teachers and parents, to vote for candidates who can be trusted to put BC kids and their education first,” he said in a statement. “For 15 years, our schools and our students have been short-changed by government underfunding. An entire generation of BC kids lost out because of Christy Clark’s unconstitutional legislation that stripped teachers’ working conditions from our collective agreements.”

It took the BCTF until last year’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling in favour of the union that the provincial government fully funded the costs of restoring teachers’ working conditions.

“After 15 years of waiting, BC students and teachers are finally on the verge of getting the smaller classes, better class composition, and more specialist teachers they need,” said Hansman. “Teachers and parents must continue working together to make sure it happens.”