Education is an issue in this Alberta election as I have three children in elementary school and one starting post secondary this year. When I look at the priority the Redford PC's have placed on it I am thoroughly disgusted. What kind of government plays these politics with our children's future?
When the Premier announced that she would finally repair the 70 schools and commit to building 50 new ones over the next 4 years, I thought she finally figured it out. Who could possibly argue with the importance of this? In a very quiet way it came to light through Scott Hennig and the Taxpayers Federation that, according to Stephan Carter, it would only be delivered if there were surpluses. What? How can you make a promise this over the next 4 years and base it on surplus? Yes I have heard them claim that Budget 2012 delivered a balanced budget. The problem is they committed to spend billions in campaign promises since the budget that wasn't included, plus the PC's have not run a balanced budget since 2007. So does a government that gives big oil $3Billion with no restrictions and makes schools contingent on surplus really care about education?
After following the proper channels requesting funding for a new school from the PC government, Holy Family Catholic School Division's superintendent, Betty Turpin was shocked to receive an intimidating letter from the PC MLA warning they would not get the school if they angered certain people by speaking out. Here are some photos of the dilapidated school. The school is so run down that the students have to wear winter jackets in order to stay warm. Really should they have to wait for a government that has not been able to balance a budget in 5 years to do so in order to get some repairs done? When "Teachers and Parents decry conditions" isn't it an appropriate time to act?
Then there is the contentious Bill 2, otherwise known as the education act. Like the act or not it could have been a key platform piece coming into the election. Had this PC government not been playing games with our children's education, it would have been passed. Apparently swiftly passing Bill 26 was of bigger importance, even though the PC's had no plans to implement it until later this year.
When a government places this little emphasis on education, it is time to change them out, after all it is our children that will be paying for the $3Billion given to her oil cronies.
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