Clint Johnston (BCTF), Candidate for CTF Vice‑President

ELECTION STATEMENT

This is a vital time for the CTF to be a strong and articulate voice for Canadian teachers. We are seeing many common issues arise across Canada as provincial governments seem increasingly intent on legislating away teachers’ rights, and indeed attacking the very right of free collective bargaining. The CTF must continue to work hard to support each provincial body, while using its national and international influence to defend a strong publicly funded public education system in Canada. Unity of our Member organizations is essential in maintaining our strength.

We know that public education provides opportunity to individuals and ensures a healthy democratic society. As society evolves and recognizes the need to address issues of equity, the education system is often part of that work. But as governments rightly ask educators to lead in areas such as Aboriginal Reconciliation, youth mental health, SOGI education, and more, they must also commit the resources to ensure that teachers are not limited in their ability to deliver service in these areas.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working as an advocate for and representative of teachers in British Columbia, and I would appreciate the opportunity to take my energy and dedication to the national level.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Clint Johnston is currently the Second Vice-President of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and will serve another term as such next year. He was previously a Member-at-Large on the BCTF Executive. Clint held various local union positions before election to the BCTF Executive, culminating in three years as Local President. As a result, he has experience advocating and bargaining both locally and provincially on a broad scope of union issues. Highlights of Clint’s work for the BCTF are: meeting in Bolivia with the NGO partnered with the OSSTF and BCTF to deliver Professional Development to Bolivian teachers, representing BCTF at the Ministry table discussing Coding Curriculum implementation, leading as spokesperson at the LOU 12-Secondary Preparation time table, and most recently as part of the team negotiating with provincial employer representatives for the implementation of the language reinstated by the BCTF victory at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Last year Clint was part of the BCTF delegation to the CTF AGM. After the motion to effect immediate BCTF membership in the CTF, he was a voting delegate.

Clint lives in Chilliwack, BC. He and his wife Holly have five children who are currently in the public education system in BC.