With Sudbury parents among many protesting outside Queen’s Park this week, Nickel Belt MPP France Gelinas used Question Period to demand the Wynne government put a moratorium on proposed closures and consolidations of northern and rural schools.
“Today, residents from Sudbury and Nickel Belt are at Queen’s Park,” she said in the legislature. “They made the long journey down here to protest the consolidation and closure of 12 schools in our area.”
The MPP said she has “seen this movie before and it does not end well. It ends with four-year-old kids having to be on a bus for three-and-a-half hours a day, when the roads are good, and longer than this in the winter. It ends with communities being gutted and unable to attract young families with children. It ends with grocery stores and businesses closing.”
The possible closure of Levack, Dowling, Chelmsford and Lively schools “are the direct result of your funding formula,” Gelinas told the Liberals, “which works in favour of big urban schools at the expense of smaller rural and northern schools.”