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, MLA Brandon East
July 8, 2013

Classroom Funding in Brandon

Mr. Speaker, it is critical that our children get the solid educational foundation they need for success in school and, later, in their careers. That's why I'm proud to be part of a government that believes in the importance of investing in education.

I was pleased to accompany the Minister of Education recently in Brandon when the provincial government announced that it will be investing over $4 million to add six new classrooms in Brandon schools. This is part of Phase One of our plan to invest in the school infrastructure needed to ensure that Kindergarten to grade 3 classes be capped at 20 students by September 2017. Over the next school year, $15 million will be invested in new classrooms across Manitoba and a total of $7 million will be invested to hire more teachers.

Brandon's thriving economy is attracting a lot of families to the Wheat City, Mr. Speaker. For this growth to be sustainable, we need to make sure that we are investing in key services like education. The Class Size Initiative will help ensure that families know their children will have the educational opportunities they need, with as much one-on-one time with their teachers as possible. Waverly Park School and Meadows School will each receive two additional classrooms. At George Fitton School, a new gym is being built as part of the initiative to improve gym facilities across the province, and the old gym will be renovated to provide two additional classrooms.

In today's world, education is the foundation of democracy. As a government, Mr. Speaker, we want to make sure our young people get the best education we can provide. By investing in our young people's futures, we are investing in our future.