Opposition Leader Gerry Reid says while he supports todayís announcement of
an extension to Learyís Brook Junior High School in St. Johnís, he questions
the timing of the announcement and why government cancelled the extension
for the school just two short years ago.
The extension to Learyís Brook
Junior High School was approved by the former administration, but cancelled
by the Williams government shortly after taking office. Today, in the middle
of a polling period, government pre-announced the project for next yearís
"This government, when they were in Opposition, promised to move forward
with this previously announced school extension," said Mr. Reid.
"Unfortunately, once taking office this school extension was no longer seen
as a priority for this government. I will certainly hold them accountable
for this most recent commitment and ensure they donít cancel this project
for a second time.
"We are still several months away from the next budget, and I question
the timing of todayís announcement. I hope the minister is serious about
addressing the growing problems with overcrowding at this school and this
isnít an attempt to silence criticism during this most recent polling
period. The problems at Learyís Brook have been continuously identified for
years, and I am pleased Minister Burke finally realized that cancelling the
extension was a mistake.
"While I am suspicious about the timing and motives of this announcement,
I will work with all stakeholders to ensure this pre-budget commitment is
kept. Government can continue to announce as many pre-budget initiatives as
it wants during polling periods, however, they better be willing to follow
through on these commitments with action."