Hi there, teachers' unions. Welcome to the ever-growing group of people who've been screwed over by Dalton. I think there's some room over there, in the corner, right between the doctors and George Smitherman.
I understand that this may be a difficult time for you. After all, this new unilateral deal Dalton got with the English Catholic Schoolteachers must have been an awful shock. Who could have predicted that Dalton would take the easy way out and cut you guys off at the knees? He's never done that to anyone before! And to cut this deal with the union and leave the school boards affiliated with that union out in the cold? Why, it's almost like Dalton can't be trusted when he says he believes in local democracy!
When you love your government as much as most Canadians do, when you trust it implicitly and never trouble your heads with questions about its motives, so long as it isn't headed by conservatives, or even- gasp- Mike Harris- you just don't see things like this coming. You guys are hardbitten union radicals who believe in solidarity and all that nonsense, but you are still "shocked, dismayed, disheartened, upset and, on occasions, angry" when the government is mean to you.
Well, now that you've take the step of opposing the government, don't expect people to like you anymore. People keep voting for Dalton because he keeps moving Ontario forward and he won't turn us into the 51st state. You don't do anything like that, so this is basically over before you start.
On top of that, you're being all negative about things. That's no way to be succesful! This is Ontario, greatest province in the greatest country in the world. There is no room for unhappiness here! Perhaps you would have preferred Mike Harris, or maybe even Tim Hudak, who unveiled a white paper that supposedly targets unions this week? As opposed to Dalton, who is not targetting unions at all with this deal? Actually, don't answer that last question.
Oh, and whatever you do, don't ever compare what Dalton is doing to what Harper is doing. If Harper had bargained with a group of people this way, there'd be an uproar and people would fear for the future of their country. You would have been part of that uproar, too! But I guess since Dalton isn't as bad as Harper, you'll forgive him eventually. You always do.