George Abbott unveils $12-million campaign promise on school playgrounds
B.C. Liberal leadership candidate George Abbott has promised to introduce a $12-million school-playground program if he becomes the next premier.
Under the proposal, the funds would be available from the Ministry of Education over three years starting in 2011. Parent Advisory Councils or, in some cases, local service groups could ask for grants of as much as $20,000, with no requirement for matching funds.
In a campaign statement released today (December 7), Abbott says playgrounds are key to early development and learning for children. The former cabinet minister adds government must be involved in funding efforts to renew aging playground facilities.
Abbott is one of four contenders seeking to become the next leader of the provincial Liberal party. The winning candidate will succeed Gordon Campbell as premier.
The party’s leadership convention is set for February 26, 2011.
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