Halifax — “Nobody fucking do anything,” Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said to a press scrum at Government House on Dec. 3.
The premier had been facing questions relating to a decision to close all schools Dec. 5. The decision was in response to a Nova School Teachers’ Union (NSTU) work-to-rule action that McNeil said would potentially leave students unattended, thereby creating a “safety issue.”
The decision immediately came under fire as it was perceived as a lock-out of the students, while the teachers would be forced to show up to work Dec. 5 without anyone to teach. The decision also left Nova Scotia parents with barely 48 hours to make child-care arrangements.
“As of now, you’re all locked out,” said McNeil. “And if you keep up with this hostile line of questioning, your loved ones will be locked out, your pets… just try me.”
McNeil waited a moment then leaned again toward the microphone. “As of now, I’m the only one not locked out.” He took the “unlocked” opportunity to excuse himself from the room as the press remained “locked out” from doing anything.
“I just… I gotta think!” he screamed before the doors closed behind him.