The premier is trying to explain why $35 million in funding was announced last week for 109 school projects across B.C., but none of them in Vancouver.
The money was awarded under BC’s routine capital program. Vancouver had requested $5 million, but got nothing.
Christy Clark explains it this way:
“The money that went out has gone out at the request of school boards. So you take a community like Burnaby that has representation from a couple of different parties. They chose which schools would be funded. So what we did was worked from a list that was provided by school board.”
Clark adds that Vancouver is already receiving significant provincial funding.
“There are schools all across the province that need to be improved. That work is underway in Vancouver. There’s $160 million worth of those improvements — seismic, replacements and expansions — that are underway.”
Critics have suggested Vancouver’s school board was left out because of its rocky relationship with the province.
Two thirds of the funding went to Liberal ridings.