Horgan says Wilkinson put wealthy donors ahead of investing in schools

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    COQUITLAM: As Andrew Wilkinson continues to promise tax cuts that benefit the wealthiest, John Horgan says a re-elected BC NDP government will build a modern new middle school and high school on Burke Mountain in Coquitlam.

    “Families on Burke Mountain have waited years for new schools because the old BC Liberal government put the interests of their wealthy and well-connected friends before kids,” said Horgan. “Those were the wrong priorities then, and they are the wrong priorities now. As we recover from the pandemic, it’s important that we invest in our kids and give them the opportunities for the future they deserve.”

    When Andrew Wilkinson was Minister of Citizens’ Services, he sold 14 lots designated for schools and hospitals in Burke Mountain to a wealthy developer—for $43 million less than their appraised value. When Wilkinson ran for leader, that same developer rewarded him with $15,000 in donations.

    “When John Horgan was elected, he put an end to giveaways for the wealthy and invested in schools across the province instead,” said Fin Donnelly, the BC NDP candidate for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. “John has made a lot of progress, but there’s more work to do—including building new schools on Burke Mountain. With a strong team, we will get the job done.”

    The BC NDP government has invested a record $2 billion over three years and approved 102 new school projects. One of those is a new 430-seat elementary school on Sheffield Avenue in Burke Mountain announced last year.

    John Horgan’s progress on education:

    • Hired 4,200 new teachers
    • Smallest class sizes in a decade
    • Built 141 new playgrounds so parents don’t have to fundraise