Premier consulted 500,000 people – minus how many?
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) thinks the Liberals’ oft-repeated claims of having done budget populations with 500,000 people (meaning all the people in the province) need to be down-sized.
Michael’s questions in the House of Assembly today focused on the turmoil Budget 2016 has caused in the K-12 school system.
“From increasing class size caps to turning intensive core French into a lottery, the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development has laid immense pressure on the shoulders of school administrators in this province who have to make the changes work and take responsibility for accountability for those decisions,” Michael said in Question Period.
“I ask the Premier what direct consultations were held with school administrators prior to Budget 2016 to see how they could deal with these new restrictions?”
The NDP critic notes the number of 500,000 advisors that the Liberal Platform said they would listen to if elected must be adjusted to subtract NLTA officials and school administrators, who were not consulted before these changes were made.
Michael continued by asking if the premier “Could inform us of the analysis that was done to determine what impact these decisions would have on school administrators, teachers, students and parents.”
She says it seems increasingly clear that too many budget decisions were made without any consideration of their impact on the people of the province.