EDMONTON, AB (February 10, 2014): The latest batch of new school announcements once again come without firm completion dates or price tags, further confirming the PCs are on track to break their election promise of building 50 new schools and completing 70 modernizations by 2016, Wildrose Education Critic Bruce McAllister said today.
McAllister notes that, on average, it takes three years to build a school, meaning the 14 new schools announced today will not be completed before 2016, as promised. He also disputes the government’s claim that 42 out of the 50 schools promised have shovels in the ground. “There’s no question these schools are desperately needed, but the PCs need to stop making promises and start actually building them,” McAllister said. “This isn’t difficult. Announce the school. Commit the funding. Get it built. The PCs keep fishing for photo ops and headlines but can’t seem to actually get anything built.” The Wildrose 10-Year Debt-Free Capital Plan commits to giving our students the space they need by building 100 new schools over the next 10 years Wildrose Infrastructure Critic Drew Barnes said the government’s preference for sole-sourced, untendered bulk P3 contracts as one reason school projects are being delayed. “The government’s tendering process is resulting in delays and the possibility of seeing costs go through the roof,” Barnes said. “Our kids need these schools and today’s announcements are a good step, but these delays all seem to indicate they will not be built on time.”