HALIFAX, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Elections Nova Scotia has informed the
Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) that complaints have been filed
claiming a violation of the Elections Act. "Elections Nova Scotia
received complaints that we have engaged in election advertising," says
NSTU president Shelley Morse. "The complaints have been forwarded to
the RCMP for investigation, and we will work with them to address this
The Teaching Profession Act, an act of the legislature in which the NSTU
is governed, gives the NSTU statutory authority to advance and promote
the cause of public education in Nova Scotia. "We take our obligation
under this act very seriously, and because of this we do not believe
that the NSTU engaged in election advertising under the Elections Act,"
states Morse. "Since 1895 we have directed our programs towards
improving the quality of public education in this province."
The NSTU understands the complaints arose from the Stand for Education
website, a joint project of education partners in the province, the
NSTU, the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations and la
Fédération des parents de la Nouvelle-Écosse. The website contained
five questions pertaining to the public education system that the three
groups were encouraging the public to ask of election candidates. The
Stand for Education campaign encourages the public to tell elected
officials to stand up for education and make public education a
"The NSTU continues to maintain its historical position of not attaching
itself to any political party," adds Morse. "We encourage our members,
parents and other members of the public to ask candidates about their
priorities for public education to best meet the needs of all students
in Nova Scotia."
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union represents more than 10,000 public school
teachers, Community College faculty and professional support staff in
Nova Scotia, and teachers who work for the Atlantic Provinces Special
Education Authority in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward
Island. Since 1895, it has worked to improve the quality of public
education for children and youth in Nova Scotia, while promoting and
advancing the teaching profession.
SOURCE: Nova Scotia Teachers Union
For further information:
Angela Murray, NSTU Public Relations Coordinator
(Mobile) 902-497-0194, email@example.com, @NSTeachersUnion.