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MLA Report
(18 May 2012)

NDP Criticizes Funding of Martensville High School Expansion

On Tuesday May 8, NDP Education Critic Trent Wotherspoon stood in the Legislative Assembly to criticize the Saskatchewan Party government for our recent decision to provide funds allowing for the expansion of the Martensville High School. The NDP wanted that money spent on renovations at Pleasant Hill School in Saskatoon instead, a school with a declining enrolment.

Martensville, as one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, needs that school expansion as soon as possible and I am proud that our government is stepping up with a commitment to get it done. Our province is growing at a sustained rate not seen since the 1920s. We ought not to be caught offguard when this happens and continue plodding along the way things have been done for the last 60 years by ignoring the needs of our fastest growing communities. Instead, we need to re-examine the way priorities are set to ensure that we will indeed be “ready for growth”.

The NDP Opposition is no doubt disappointed to see the astounding growth that has taken place in this province since voters ushered them out of office five years ago. Saskatchewan residents have moved on and have embraced a new mindset where optimism abounds and growth is welcomed and encouraged. Not growth for growth’s sake; but so that it allows us to provide a better quality of life for all of us.

A former NDP economic development minister was quoted as saying around ten years ago that he was unconcerned about population loss because when that happens, “there is more left for the rest of us”. Happily, this is no longer the Saskatchewan way.

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