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NDP Leader Adrian Dix demands teacher-strike provocation answers 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

BC NDP leader Adrian Dix. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)

BC NDP leader Adrian Dix. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)

The B.C. New Democrats are demanding court documents detailing that the BC Liberals tried to encourage a teachers’ strike be released after a judge found Victoria was provoking them for political gains.

NDP Leader Adrian Dix said Monday Justice Susan Griffin’s findings contradicted the BC Liberal’s message of “avoiding disruption in schools” and he wants to know why.

“While (Premier Christy Clark) was saying that, the government was doing exactly the opposite,” he said. “What these documents will show is what the premier knew, when she knew about it and what she did about it.”

Dix called the B.C. Supreme Court ruling handed down late last month a “stunning revelation” and wants the public to be able to see the documents presented in court.

A call to the premier’s office drew a response from Education Minister Peter Fassbender who said government is still “carefully reviewing” the 150-page court decision.

“It is important we take the time to fully understand the implications of the decision and to carefully explore our options to address this matter,” he said in a statement, adding government is committed to “long-term stability” in schools.

“We do expect that we will be in a position to provide a more specific response to this decision in the coming days.”

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