B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell was elected to cut government. However, how much he would cut came as a surprise to many. The honeymoon period for the new B.C. government came to an abrupt end when it was learned that thousands of civil servants would be cut from the payroll. As part of the massive government cuts, legislation was rushed through the legislature, forcing teachers back to work and suspending labour contracts that were currently in place. This story examines another example of a provincial government's hard-hitting economic policies and the reactions to them.