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BC Greens promise massive schools funding increase

Last Updated Apr 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm PDT

BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Greens would increase schools funding to nearly $1.5 billion by the end of their mandate

Weaver also promises free pre-school and free daycare for toddlers with working parents

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The BC Green Party is promising a massive funding increase for schools if they’re elected next month… from $220 million this fiscal year to nearly $1.5 billion by the end of their mandate.

The money is one part of an education and childcare overhaul outlined in their platform, released today by leader Andrew Weaver.

“BC Greens said that we would make education our top priority two and a half year ago and today I am so very pleased to say we have done just that.”

“Because what sort of a society are we if we don’t recognize that investment in our youth, in our children… is the single most important investment each and every one of us should make.”

The Greens are committing to 25 hours of free pre-school for three and four-year-olds and free daycare for toddlers with working parents.

They would pay for these and other promises largely through higher carbon taxes. The Greens would run a deficit of $146 million dollars in their first year, with plans to get back to surplus by year four.