In her recent remarks, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has mentioned that elementary teachers should expect a fresh and warm relationship with her government. However having said that, Wynne had a bitter experience on Wednesday with delegates at the annual Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.
Members of the ETFO are still hurt over the imposition of Bill 115, which quite noticeably removed their bargaining rights almost two years ago before Wynne took over the party. Premier Wynne stressed that she has worked hard ever since she took office to mend the distances and was instrumental in getting teachers to support the Liberals in the last election. A former education minister herself, Wynne mentioned that “your willingness to work with us in a professional, collaborative way has rebuilt the foundation of our strong relationship.” She stressed that “we won a mandate to keep publicly-funded education strong.”