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The most telling moment of the all-candidates’ forum for the seven people vying to be the next premier of Ontario came when the moderator asked if any of those up on stage at the Royal York in Toronto disagreed with the Liberal government having allowed rotating one-day teachers’ strikes across the province.
No one spoke up. The moderator, TVO host Steve Paikin, tried again: “So everyone’s fine with the decision of [Education Minister] Laurel Broten.” More silence.
Eventually Gerard Kennedy gave it a go. He said he didn’t think the unions were accomplishing anything with walkouts that only hurt students and parents, but then again Mr. Kennedy, who hasn’t served in the government of Dalton McGuinty since 2006, had earlier been the most critical of the way the Liberals have dealt with the province’s teachers, who are now in full torches-and-pitchforks mode.