NDP

Liberals should be transparent about plan for P3s

July 28, 2016


For Immediate Release

HALIFAX – The Liberal government announced today that it will buy two of the nine P3 schools owned by Nova Learning. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey has not said what the Liberal plan is for the remaining 37 privately-owned schools in the province.

The government was required to inform Nova Learning about whether or not the province would buy the two schools by July 31, 2016.

“This piecemeal approach to decision-making leaves many parents and communities in the dark,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “The public, and in particular parents, deserve to know what the McNeil Liberals plan to do about privatization in our schools.”

A report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia earlier this year concluded that the P3 schools program in Nova Scotia was a failure. P3s have not fulfilled the promise of reduced costs, and in fact, have seen companies reap significant profits. The report suggests that buying the schools is the only reasonable option.

“There is clear evidence that P3s are a failed experiment in public policy,” said Burrill. “People deserve a forthright and comprehensive plan from the McNeil Liberals for the remaining 37 schools.”

-30-

For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881