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For Immediate Release
October 31, 2016


The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association has lost all confidence in Dale Kirby as the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development and has asked the Premier, through a letter sent by courier today, to replace him as soon as reasonably possible.

On Thursday, October 27 the Provincial Executive of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association voted unanimously to call upon the Premier to replace Dale Kirby as Minister of Education. This motion by Executive was unanimously endorsed by all NLTA Branch Presidents in attendance at a meeting of the NLTA Joint Council on October 28.

On September 27, NLTA President Jim Dinn sent Minister Kirby a detailed letter and historical documentation outlining how his public comments on September 21 regarding NLTA President Dinn and the Association were inaccurate, offensive, unworthy of a public official, and contrary to the information he should have been aware of in his capacity as Minister.

“Specifically, Minister Kirby stated that I was, ‘on record from the very beginning of not wanting a full day kindergarten in this province’,” says NLTA president Jim Dinn. “Minister Kirby went on to declare that I, ‘did not want to have a better education for children or better working environment for our teachers’.”

In order to further undermine the NLTA in the eyes of the public, Minister Kirby announced that the NLTA was, “Peddling in ignorance.” Minister Kirby has been asked to publicly retract and correct the misinformation and offensive statements, made with the intention of undermining public and teacher confidence in the NLTA.

Minister Kirby has been in receipt of the NLTA’s letter for more than a month and has failed to reply. The NLTA can only interpret this complete lack of acknowledgement as a refusal to address the issues and set the record straight. Minister Kirby’s initial comments and subsequent refusal to respond are not actions befitting a Minister of the Crown.

It is apparent to the NLTA Provincial Executive and Joint Council that Minister Kirby, through his inaccurate and offensive statements, designed to undermine public and teacher confidence in the Association as it pursues its legislated duties, has violated both the Premier’s mandate letter and the Code of Conduct for Members of the House of Assembly.

* Letter to Premier Dwight Ball is attached.

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For further information contact:
Lesley-Ann Browne, NLTA Communications, Tel: 709-726-3223, ext. 228; 682-3751 (cellular);