06/18/2014 03:56 EDT | Updated 08/18/2014 05:59 EDT

Opposition wants Saskatchewan to follow Alberta and scrap plan for P3 schools

REGINA - The Opposition NDP says the Saskatchewan government should follow Alberta's lead and scrap plans to build nine joint-use schools through public-private partnerships.

The Alberta government has said it would cost $14 million more to build 19 schools through a P3 arrangement and has abandoned the idea.

It says the right choice for students, parents and taxpayers is to use traditional financing.

Trent Wotherspoon, the Saskatchewan NDP's education critic, argues using a P3 model to build schools costs more and can take longer to get shovels in the ground.

An official with the Saskatchewan government says the province is still interested in a public-private partnership and points out that Alberta saved money on its first batch of P3 schools.

The official also says Saskatchewan will have an independent report done for each P3 to look at value for the money.

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