Minister of Education Delays Construction of Francophone School

WHITEHORSE – On October 10, 2017 the Minister of Education told the Legislative Assembly that the new French language high school would be completed by the end of 2019. However, the government has now indicated that construction will not be completed until the end of 2020.

“We are left wondering why the Minister would tell the Legislature one date and then only two months later announce she is missing her deadline by an entire year,” said Geraldine Van Bibber Official Opposition Critic for Education. “If the Minister were missing her deadline by a few weeks that could be forgiven – however, this discrepancy, along with the significant amount of money the government will lapse for this project makes us question how much attention the Liberals are paying to major capital projects.”

The Liberal’s 2017 Budget earmarked $8 million for the Francophone Highschool. The Supplementary Estimates tabled on October 5, 2017 indicate that the Minister of Education is lapsing $7.25 million of that this year.

Background:

“With respect to the school, as I have said, there is ongoing design work being done with respect to that school. We anticipate that the goal is to be finished in very late 2019, perhaps early –“

- Minister McPhee (Yukon Legislative Assembly, October 10, 2017)

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