The number 20. And the words “open” and “closed”.
Yesterday, parents from across BC shared a message with our elected representatives: We want our children back in school getting a quality public education.
Parents organized and attended 20* (updated: it’s at least 25) MLA Playdates or similar events across the province. We came to share our serious concerns as parents for our children, families and schools. We brought our children and, to occupy them, we strove to make engaging in a democratic process — well — a little more engaging. And fun.
Check “In the News” for media coverage of the day’s playdates.
- Suzanne Anton, MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview
- Doug Bing, MLA for Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows
- Stephanie Cadieux, MLA for Surrey – Cloverdale*
- Christy Clark, MLA for West Kelowna
- Rich Coleman, MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove
- Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West*
- Kathy Corrigan, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake
- Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway
- David Eby, Vancouver-Point Grey
- Peter Fassbender, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood
- Scott Hamilton, MLA for Delta North
- John Horgan, MLA for Juan de Fuca
- Vicki Huntington – MLA for Delta South*
- Jenny Kwan, MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
- Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson
- Richard T. Lee, MLA for Burnaby North
- Don McRae, MLA for Comox Valley
- Darryl Plecas, MLA for Abbotsford South
- Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam*
- Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast
- Todd Stone, MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson
- Sam Sullivan, MLA for Vancouver-Fairview
- Laurie Thorness, MLA for Chilliwack-Hope
- Jane Thornthwaite, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour
- Andrew Wilkinson, MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena*
On Sept. 2 parents and chlldren’s participation also brightened four rallies:
- Christy’s Classroom teach-in, Victoria
- Parents Etc. for Public Education March, Nelson
- Rally to Support BC Teachers, Cranbrook
- Rally for Public Education, Surrey
*Additional locations we didn’t know about at the time of the original post bring the total number of September 2 MLA Playdates to 25.