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Teachers gain support from Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Ontario’s teachers have won support from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association as they fight Premier Dalton McGuinty’s legislation to impose a wage-freeze contract on them and ban strikes for two years.
It’s unconstitutional to take away the right to strike before there’s a threat of one, the association said Thursday in announcing it will seek intervener status if the law passes as expected – likely Sept. 10 – and education unions challenge it.
“People’s rights are not something to be trifled with,” said Sukanya Pillay, director of the association. “We are concerned that this legislation goes too far and violates the civil liberties of all Ontarians.”
The minority Liberal government filed a motion to end debate on the bill, send it to a legislative committee for five hours of public hearings next Wednesday and Thursday then hold a final vote on Sept. 10.