To say that I am appalled at what I see unfolding in the provincial Department of Finance would be an extreme understatement. Tom Osborne and his officials in finance and treasury have abdicated their responsibilities to the taxpayers of this province in favour of NAPE. At no time in the more than 50 years I have lived in this province have I seen a clearer example of the truth behind a statement attributed to Stan Marshall, that throughout its history the people of this province have been ill served by its elected politicians.
The government can dress this labour agreement up any way they want, but it is still akin to putting lipstick on a pig.
It is clear who Jerry Earle represents in this fiasco, and it is also clear who Dorothy Keating represents, but exactly who, I wonder, is representing the ordinary taxpayer? Please don’t insult my intelligence by telling me this no-layoff clause is good for me. Tell me when, in the long history of labour negotiations in this province, that NAPE hasn’t used the provisions in the last contract as a starting point for the new contract.
But this time is going to be different, we’re told. Yeah, right. If you believe that, I’ve got some swampland in Florida you’re dying to buy.