ALBERTA

Wildrose Promises $2 Billion To Fast-Track New Schools

10/02/2014 03:51 EDT | Updated 12/02/2014 05:59 EST
CALGARY - Alberta's Wildrose Opposition says it would commit $2 billion over four years to break a bottleneck on school construction.

The party's education critic, Bruce McAllister, says the Wildrose would complete 50 schools provincewide that were promised by the governing Progressive Conservatives in 2012, but have yet to be built.

McAllister says the Wildrose would speed up construction by allowing a wider range of qualified construction companies to bid on the work.

Premier Jim Prentice has promised to complete the 50 schools and has launched a series of modular-based so-called starter schools in Calgary to get students into classrooms sooner.

McAllister made the announcement in Calgary alongside school trustee Sheila Taylor

Taylor is running for a seat in the Oct. 27 byelection in Calgary-West.

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