Teachers were at the side of the road this morning (Tuesday) bringing attention to the fact that the provincial election campaign kicked off.
"Teachers want to remind commuters that under the Liberal government, public education has suffered," said George Serra, president of the Maple Ridge Teachers Association. "It's time to end the decade of cuts."
Teachers were at the corners of 222nd Street and Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge and Harris Road and Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows.
Serra added that there's a need for a "new government that has sound ideas and a willingness to restore public education."
Marc Dalton, who is hoping to win a second term as MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission, said if the economy is strong, the government can support things like education and health care, adding that "this is a really critical election."
Money has been invested into capital projects like the construction of Samuel Robertson Technical, an expansion to Garibaldi, and seismic upgrading to Kanaka Creek Elementary.
The Liberal government has increased funding to the education system, Dalton said, and the student-teacher ratio has remained static at about 16.5 to one.
"We will be able to do more if we keep our economy growing," Dalton added.
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