The province's Catholic teachers' union is launching an investigation into
who shoved and threw water at Education Minister Elizabeth Witmer.
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association has also sent a
formal apology to Witmer for the incident.
Witmer was speaking to the union's annual meeting Monday when
she was booed and heckled. As she left the meeting,
Witmer was followed by protesters who jostled her and sprayed
her with water.
Although the Catholic teachers' union initially issued a press release
criticizing Witmer's abrupt departure, yesterday they were busy apologizing.
"We certainly in no way condone that kind of behaviour,"
said Kathy McVean, president of the Catholic teachers' union. "(Teachers)
may be frustrated and angry but it's important to express
that anger in an appropriate way."
McVean said the union has sent Witmer a letter of
apology and is investigating the incident. Some protesters appeared in
newspaper pictures wearing delegate badges, but McVean said it's not
clear whether the people who pushed Witmer and threw water
at her were union delegates.
McVean said the union is questioning people and trying to
identify those involved but hasn't had much luck yet. If
people involved are union delegates, McVean said she doesn't know
what penalties they will face. Source.