The BC Liberals are really hurting themselves with their lack of process. The HST, cuts to arts groups, and now cuts to boards of education. I've seen this before when how the province handled the implementation of the Trade, Investment, and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) with Alberta - put a measure into place with little or no consultation, and then either defend or consult after the fact.
This really puts people backs up. I spent 15 minutes chatting with one of the most right wing people I know and she was livid - LIVID - about the HST. She is a pretty well connected person in the BC Liberal world.
From the Board of Education meeting last night, here is the Kamloops Daily News quoting a very understandable sentiment from Trustee Gerry Watson (full disclosure: Gerry often acts as my business lawyer and sponsored me into Rotary in 2000). He is spot on with this comment:
Gerald Watson said requiring school districts to have balanced budgets and then pulling funds so they run a deficit shows “a disregard for the process.”