Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario

Playing Politics with School Funding

Published on November 21, 2018


Queen's Park, November 21, 2018 - "My question is to the Premier. Masonville Public School, Tweedsmuir Public School, Kettle Creek Public School: These are just a few of the schools in the London area that are currently awaiting funding for additions and renovations that were promised by the previous Liberal government, but that funding has not flowed.

Matt Reid, the chair of the Thames Valley District School Board, said, “These previously approved and announced projects need to move forward and it should not be held up because of politics. These communities have been waiting for far too long in order to have permanent additions and a local school in their community. We can’t be playing politics with our kids.”

Speaker, why is this government playing politics with London-area students and families by preventing much-needed school funding from flowing?

Speaker, the $67.4 million that was promised for London and area school projects has yet to be released. Staff from the Thames Valley District School Board have been in regular contact with the Ministry of Education, but all they are getting is the runaround. They have gotten no timelines on when, or even if, these projects will move ahead. In addition to schools, Speaker, much-needed child care and family centres are also on the line in London, Belmont, St. Thomas, Rodney, Dorchester, Woodstock and Ingersoll.

Children and families in the London area need answers. Will the $67.4 million that was promised for London and area school projects be coming? Yes or no?"