Volume 96, Issue 92
Tuesday, March 25, 2003

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Tories troubled

Re: "Teachers in cold water," Mar. 18

To the Editor:

This is in response to Mike Liebrock's letter in which he continued to be nothing but complementary to the performance of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. Liebrock stated, "The [teachers] union leaders are out of touch and are trying to score political points."

This is odd, since I believe the Tory government is the one actually out of touch and the ones who are scoring political points. They conveniently provide additional funding to certain areas, such as health care, during pre-election time. Where were they years ago when people in Northern Ontario were begging for better cancer treatment facilities and residents were forced to seek medical treatment in [southern Ontario]? When will they stop cutting social assistance funding? Many children in this province live in conditions below the poverty line.

There are so many problems that have become worse over the years, but that's OK because some people are getting personal tax cuts of $200, complements of the Tory government. I'm not saying that any other political party is perfect, but don't just paint the picture that the Tory government is!

The actions of certain Catholic teachers may not have been suitable, but what other recourse do teachers have, or anyone for that matter, when faced with a government that refuses to listen to anyone but themselves? The government's close-mindedness serves to neglect the voices of reason coming from people such as teachers.

Joseph Mansourian
Commercial Aviation Management II

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