Seek second opinion before filing BCTF appeal

(Victoria, 29 January 2014) – IntegrityBC is calling on the B.C. government to seek and release an independent legal opinion on whether it has sufficient grounds to file an appeal in its 12-year dispute with the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation.

“The public is the unwitting clients in this saga and before more tax dollars are spent on an appeal it has a right to know whether the government has a credible legal case or is simply throwing a Hail Mary pass,” said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis.

This week, the government lost a battle for the second time over the right of teachers to negotiate class-size and composition. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Susan Griffin ruled the province’s legislation unconstitutional and rebuked the government for failing to negotiate in good faith.

“The B.C. government is ending up on the wrong side of constitutional questions more often than not and because of that it has even more of a duty to satisfy the public that it is not using the courts to pursue a political vendetta against teachers.”

The organization is also calling on the government to release all legal opinions that were provided to cabinet before Bill 28 was tabled in the legislature in 2002 and since then.


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For more information:

Dermod Travis, Executive Director