By Letter to the Editor on June 4, 2021.
In a May 29 letter to the editor, Ms. Elizabeth Stewart wrote about how unions were not elected by the people of Alberta and that teachers and doctors are simply employees paid by the taxpayers of Alberta.
As a teacher in the Province of Alberta, I would like to take this time to educate and inform Ms. Stewart and others who hold fast to this opinion.
Firstly, teachers, doctors, nurses and other “union members” are also taxpayers in the country of Canada. I pay my taxes and vote in elections. As a taxpaying Canadian, I have every right to voice my opinion on how my tax dollars should be spent.
Secondly, as a teacher in this province, I am allowed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to assert my freedom of expression. What this means is that if I feel that something is not in the best interests of my students, or indeed, the students of Alberta, it is my duty to speak up.
Furthermore, Ms. Stewart would have no issues with my opinion if it was the same as hers. In a democracy, Ms. Stewart, differing opinions are welcome. You feel that the education minister is “doing the best she can.” I am sorry, that is not good enough. When 99% of teachers show no confidence in this minister, it is because there are thousands of parents, thousands of teachers, 58 of 61 school boards, Indigenous Peoples and numerous experts in the field of education, that believe this curriculum is terrible and will be detrimental to the education of current and future students.
To simply accept this draft curriculum would be a dereliction of duty.
In conclusion, while Ms. Stewart and myself both agree that everyone should be allowed their opinions, Ms. Stewart simply wants her opinion to be the only one listened to. Ms. Stewart feels that if anyone that has an opinion other than what the employer believes should hear the phrase “You’re Fired!”
I look forward to firing this premier and his government in 2023, or sooner.