(15 November 2017)
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Joint-Use School Openings in Martensville and Warman
Hon. Ms. Heppner: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’m pleased to stand today to say that both of the joint-use schools in the cities of Martensville and Warman have opened for the school year. Prairie Spirit division’s Lake Vista School and Greater Saskatoon Catholic’s École Holy Mary Catholic School are the two new schools in Martensville. Mr. Speaker, I’m proud to announce that this P3 [public-private partnership] build finished on time and on budget. The P3 model enabled our government to build more schools at the same time, which wouldn’t have been possible through a traditional approach.
This build was made possible through the hard work and collaboration that included input from the students, teachers, parents, school divisions, and community members. In the last decade this government has made education a priority. We have opened a total of 40 new schools — five in my own constituency — along with 25 major renovations to existing schools. These schools, along with the 17 billion invested from kindergarten to grade 12 and 875 new teachers, shows that our government doesn’t just talk about making education a priority. It truly is a priority.
Mr. Speaker, the difference between our party and the members opposite is that they closed schools over their tenure. I think that speaks to their commitment to education as well, Mr. Speaker. We’re proud of our record. Thank you.
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