Question Period (05.14.2012)

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s North.

MR. KIRBY: Mr. Speaker, it has been well established that public libraries are important for literacy and life-long learning, vital in fact. Yet this government has once again denied funding for new public libraries. Towns like Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s in my district have repeatedly sought assistance for public library resources, but this government continues to do nothing to help.

I ask the Minister of Education: Why is he standing in the way of improved literacy in Newfoundland and Labrador?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Education.

MR. JACKMAN: Mr. Speaker, I can assure you this minister is not standing in the way of literacy. My background is all about literacy. I am about promoting literacy and being a part of that and as a Minister of Education could not be prouder to be in this department.

Mr. Speaker, in terms of the library board, one of the things that I am taking a look at is the changing demographics, the changed use of technology and so forth. We are taking a look at the operations of public libraries to see how we can make them more effective, Mr. Speaker. We are not about chopping and cutting public libraries, Mr. Speaker.

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