Nobody has ever accused David Schreck of pulling his punches.
He described it as a "political document". Wenezenki-Yolland is an employee of the Ministry of Finance.
Schreck noted that the comptroller general didn't get around to the VSB's considerations in managing the budget until page 36 of her report.
"She references unique management challenges faced by the VSB with its 19 collective agreements, restraints that cannot be faulted on the current VSB trustees, and she assigns the figure of $975,000 in annual lost productivity and $2.4 million in lost savings that she claims result from not extracting concessions from the unions," Schreck wrote. "On page 37 of her report, the Comptroller wrote that the union issue is 'an area where a provincial solution might be needed.' It appears the Comptroller hasn't been brought up the date with what the Supreme Court of Canada said after the Campbell government tried that approach with the Hospital Employees' Union."
Schreck was referring to B.C. government legislation, which passed in early 2002, ripping up a contract with health workers.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2007 that three sections of the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Schreck wryly added: "Apart from unworkable suggestions, such as breaking collective agreements, the Comptroller's report doesn't contain any options the VSB trustees did not already know."
VSB chair Patti Bacchus has asked for auditor general John Doyle to review school funding. The auditor general reports to the legislature and, unlike Wenezenki-Yolland, not to any B.C. Liberal cabinet minister.
"We can hope he is listening," Schreck wrote.
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