New Westminster – MLA Judy Darcy and School Board Chair Jonina Campbell hosted a budget workshop Tuesday night to discuss public education in New Westminster and guide participants through the process of creating their own submissions for the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. The committee is currently touring the province and consulting with British Columbians prior to making its recommendations for the 2015-2016 budget.
“Over the summer and into the fall, I have heard from literally hundreds of people about the value of public education. Many have asked how they can keep this issue alive,” said Darcy. “This workshop did exactly that, to create a submission to have voices from New Westminster on the record about the underfunding of public education and the importance of investing in it for our children’s future.”
Parents, teachers and education support workers packed the community space of MLA Judy Darcy’s Constituency Office. Nearly all attendees completed a videotaped or written submission outlining their priorities for the next year’s budget.
“What we don’t pay for today, we pay for many times over [in the future]” said Darcy, speaking to the social and economic consequences of underfunding public education.
“It’s wonderful to see so many community members engaged in the legislative process,” said Darcy. “Democracy is more than what happens at election time. Important as it is to vote; it is also important for people to get and stay involved afterwards.”