(MPP Bill) Murdoch said he sees no great problems within the board, and he asked Miller "not to get involved" last spring.All of which is fine and lovely. It ignores the bigger item here and what should remain a priority for the time being-- implementation of the recommendations in the report released in the fall. This, to borrow from Miller, is smoke and mirrors.
"There was no problem here. It was a made-up problem by (MP) Larry Miller and the newspaper and a handful of people," Murdoch said in an interview Thursday. "I think it's terrible what's went on. The media and Larry Miller have cooked this all up and blamed the board."
While education is a provincial, not federal, responsibility, Murdoch, the longtime Progressive Conservative MPP, said he has been silent throughout the controversy both because it's not his job to criticize officials elected in another level of government and because Miller stepped in.
Miller said yesterday he was not interfering in provincial politics, but responding to a problem within the board and within his riding. Education funding and the question of whether McGuinty should launch an investigation are provincial matters and Miller said comment would be inappropriate.
"I'm not touching that. But the issue of accountability, intimidation and all the other crap that goes with it is coming from Bluewater school board and it's in my riding and I've been approached by a huge amount of people," he said. "Yes, education is under the provincial government. This isn't just about education. It's a localized issue. I think most people understand that."
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Further to some commentary after the last update on the letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty requesting an inquiry: the Sun Times did publish an article on the squabbling between the local MP and MPP regarding what's been happening at the board.