Liberal Niagara Falls MPP protests with teachers
Liberal Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor has broken party ranks & joined teachers protesting on the front lawn of Queen's Park.
Teachers are at the legislature speaking against a bill that would force a 2-year contract on them. It would freeze wages, cut benefits & block strikes & lockouts.
Tuesday afternoon, Craitor stood among a crows of union members with a large, orange rectangular button on his suit jacket that read "Respect Teachers, Respect Collective Bargaining".
Craitor says he was asked by a constituent to wear the button
Speaking with 610 CKTB's Tim Denis before the protest, Craitor admitted to having "difficulty" with government bill that he says "challenges" his principles & values.
Craitor said he understands the government has introduced the legislation to protect students & the school year ahead, but he believes in collective agreements & "people's rights".
Asked about breaking ranks with his party, Craitor replied "Give me a break! You stand up for what you believe in in principle. Sometimes I'll agree with the government, sometimes I don't. I represent people of Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake & Fort Erie."
Craitor wouldn't reveal if he'd vote in support of the government bill, saying "I'll know when the time comes, it's not an easy decision".
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