It’s budget season again, with provincial governments across Canada delivering their annual budgets amid a backdrop of falling commodity prices and provincial deficits. And once again, a mythology surrounding education spending will likely influence spending choices from coast to coast.
The provincial government will deliver its budget today, amid a backdrop of fallen commodity prices and a generally sluggish economy. In light of British Columbia’s mounting government debt, vigilance and restraint will be key.
The severity of Alberta’s fiscal problems hit home with many Albertans this week as Premier Prentice announced that the upcoming provincial budget will include an across-the-board five per cent spending cut.
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and Finance Minister Robin Campbell have made it clear the province will reduce government spending in its March budget.
One of the big stories coming out of Queen’s Park on the government’s fall economic update was the possibility of reductions in education spending.
Le gouvernement étudie la possibilité de diminuer le financement des établissements d’enseignement privé. En conséquence, plusieurs parents pourraient être obligés de renoncer à leur liberté de choisir l’école de leur enfant. Absurde!
Être parent, c’est vouloir offrir ce qu’il y a de mieux à sa progéniture. Quand les parents choisissent l’école de leur enfant, ils sont conscients qu’ils engagent l’avenir de ce dernier. Aussi, très peu d’entre eux prennent cette décision à la légère.
In a liberal democracy, where critical thinking is often touted as an end goal in education, it was disappointing to read Calgary MLA Kent Hehr’s attack on parental choice in education (“Private schools divide pupils by wealth and religion,” July 26).
While the recent federal budget received much attention for its debt and deficit forecasts, a smattering of legislative reforms giving First Nations greater control of on-reserve education went largely unnoticed. Hand-in-hand with the proposed reforms, the feds also promised an additional $1.25 billion in core funding for on-reserve education over three years, on top of the current $1.5 billion spent annually. All of which was supported by the Assembly of First Nations.