Cuts to classrooms an attack on teachers and students, Cardy says

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is calling on the Liberals to stop cuts to classrooms.

“The Liberals waited almost a month to tell us that the cuts to education would be twenty percent more than announced in the budget. Last week they were firing 249 teachers, this week it’s 301 teaching positions – including inclusion resource teachers,” Cardy said. “Brian Gallant has to step up and take responsibility for the weakness of Education Minister Rousselle on his files.”

“Minister Rousselle has cut the classroom supply budget for teachers,” Cardy said. “These funds – up to $250.00 – were there so teachers could ensure students had the resources necessary for specific lesson plans. Teachers are already paying hundreds of dollars out of their own pockets for classroom supplies, where does Minister Rousselle expect that money to now come from,” asked Cardy. “Does he want parents to squeeze more out of their paychecks?”

“Serge Rousselle can’t get his numbers straight when it comes to education cuts. But the Liberals are clear that they will defend wasteful spending on Larry’s Gulch, which was specifically protected in the budget.” Cardy said.

“This shows where the Liberals’ priorities are. New Brunswick deserves better.”