FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Charlottetown, PE (April 22, 2013) – Mike Redmond, the Leader of the New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island, is condemning today’s remarks by Minister of Education and Early Childhood, Alan McIsaac on the English Language School Board. “Allowing un-elected, appointed officials to decide whether they themselves should be elected or appointed is just ridiculous,” says Redmond.
In a press release dated February 4, 2013, the NDP PEI leader indicated that removing the right to vote and appointing trustees is a very short-sighted solution. “Minister McIsaac is showing a serious lack of leadership,” continued Redmond, “He has indicated that he will not provide any advice to the newly appointed trustees of the English Language School Board on the voting issue. Our Minister of Education and Early Childhood should be providing some directions to the trustees. Isn’t that his job?”
The Education Governance Commission recommended that Eastern and Western School Boards be maintained and that Board Trustees be elected. The government ignored these recommendations when it chose to amalgamate two of the province’s school boards and to appoint the new Board’s trustees. At the time, the P.E.I. Home and School Federation expressed a preference for elected Trustees. Voter turnout for School Boards elections has been very poor in recent years.
“This Minister needs to read over the report his government commissioned and learn how to take good advice. Right now, he looks like he is making it up as he goes along”, concluded Redmond.
Leader, NDP PEI