School choice for parents is currently a big issue in Alberta but in BC, the NDP have consistently attacked the BC Liberals over their stance on public education and condemned government funding of private and faith based schools.
Recently the province determined it had no choice but to remove the elected Vancouver school board for failing to balance the budget. If you saw my original report on this decision you will know the backlash from the BC NDP was ironic if not hypocritical.
Over the weekend at the BC Liberal convention, I caught up with Education Minister Mike Bernier. Watch as we discuss the decision to remove the board and then have a frank discussion about parental choice and the value of independent and faith based schools.
While his response on the preference some universities have for international students, was a bit disappointing, I was impressed with his unabashed defence of independent and faith-based schools.
This is just one example of how the BC Liberals don’t allow themselves to go to go all “new age regressive” with education policy the way we have seen in Ontario and now Alberta.
Of course the matter around the now dismissed Vancouver school board is not over. If you recall we are in the process of filing a freedom of information request surrounding the toxic work environment at the board prior to dismissal.
I will update you on that as we make progress on trying to get a proper price after the school board attempted to throw a $20,000 price tag at us.