MacLauchlan government shouldn’t play favourites on rural development: Myers
Georgetown – Georgetown-St. Peters MLA and Opposition Education and Rural Development Critic Steven Myers is questioning the MacLauchlan’s government’s commitment to rural development following last night’s school family meeting at Westisle.
“There were over 500 people at the Westisle school family last night who made very sound arguments about how schools and rural development are so closely connected. It would have been good for the new Rural Development Minister to have heard these concerns first hand. Instead the minister sent a video from an undisclosed location. That says a lot about this government’s priorities on rural development,” says Myers.
Myers noted that at last night’s meeting Tignish-DeBlois MLA Hal Perry played a video at the end of his presentation from Rural Development Minister Pat Murphy that seemed to suggest that Murphy was advocating for the two schools slated for closure in West Prince, Bloomfield and St. Louis Elementary, to be spared with no mention of the other three schools being recommended for closure by the MacLauchlan government.
“I’ve heard from a lot of parents and students upset that Pat Murphy had time to cut a video to champion saving schools in West Prince but ignore other schools in rural communities. Many are questioning if the MacLauchlan government is more committed to rural development or political damage control,” says Myers.