While BC students are still not in classes the BC Liberals are having yet another golf course fundraiser. Since MLA’s and Liberal party members refuse to meet with us to discuss the future of education, we are seeking help to buy a table at the fundraiser to make our voices heard face to face….
Striking teachers are hoping to crash a B.C. Liberal party fundraiser by buying tickets to a party event at a golf course. While the party plans to set up a place for protests to be heard outside, teachers are using an online fundraiser of their own to buy their way inside.
“While B.C. students are still not in classes the BC Liberals are having yet another golf course fundraiser. Since MLAs and Liberal party members refuse to meet with us to discuss the future of education, we are seeking help to buy a table at the fundraiser to make our voices heard face to face,” organizers state on their GoFundMe website.
“You can rest assured that the 5 angry teachers who are planning to attend will be happy to share any and all of your valuable concerns with our most trusted leaders.” As of Thursday afternoon, they were close to reaching their $1,000 target.
Jillian Stead, a media spokesperson for the B.C. Liberals, said the party is planning to provide an outlet for protest at a fundraiser on Friday in a designated area, but protestors will not be invited out on the golf course. The event isn’t even advertised on the party’s website.
Education Minister Peter Fassbender said in an interview that he respects the right of teachers to demonstrate, but added: “I would only hope that it remains respectful. … It’s unfortunate when it gets out of hand. This is an emotion time for everyone – for me as well. I don’t like where we are. We need to get back to the bargaining table.”
UPDATE as of 1:30 p.m. on Friday: The group, in a message posted to the GoFundMe page, says it has reached its fundraising goal:
Thank you all so much for your support in our fight to improve public education in BC. In four days, we have surpassed our fundraising goal. YOU ALL ARE AMAZING! We are now closing the draw for the extra seats as of 9am, today, September 12. Winners will be notified soon. Any donations that continue to come in will go to the BCTF Hardship Relief Fund. Thank you!