Of all the issues to grip provincial politics in the last two years, few have hit as close to home as the wrangling over teachers’ contracts and the resulting tension in our schools and communities.
The Liberal government’s response, after months of bitter squabbling with unions, was a contentious attempt to assert control: Bill 115. Ontario PCs supported that bill because it was a rare example of government’s willingness to address some of the problems that its mismanagement had caused.
At the same time, we demanded that a hiring provision that handcuffed principals and school boards be removed. While the government promised to do so, once Bill 115 passed they restored Regulation 274/12, which mandated that teachers be hired on the basis of seniority rather than a teacher’s quality or expertise.
The regulation takes ...