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In order to have more money for education, the province first has to generate that money

To the editor:

I’m not sure if it’s merely interesting or borderline shocking teachers, who are currently engaged in job action, along with other union activists ended up being the big winners as candidates in school board elections on Nov. 19. Undoubtedly, these newly-elected school teacher-trustees and union activist-trustees will soon be screaming for more money for education, as they assume their new school board seats.

But how many of them have given even a minute’s thought to where more money is supposed to come from other than pointing a finger at the provincial government?

In order to have more money for education, the province first has to generate that money, either through taxes or through the royalties and fees collected from developing our natural resources.

If school teacher-trustees and union activist-trustees want more money for education, then they’re going to have to explain to the people of this province exactly how and where that money is going to come from.

As we saw with the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), people don’t seem to like taxes very much. So, the only other realistic alternative is to develop the province’s natural resources.

My humble suggestion, therefore, is to harness the province’s wealth of renewable energy resources and put them to work generating the money people want for education.

 

Mike Taylor

Port Moody