Second FOIPOP results in more redacted pages about student lock-out

January 19, 2017

For Immediate Release


HALIFAX – A second Freedom of Information request filed by the NDP Caucus regarding December 5th, the day the Liberals locked students out of their classrooms, has been returned almost entirely redacted.  On January 17, the NDP Caucus announced the government had refused to release 275 pages of documents related to December 5th.  The second FOIPOP does provide limited information about who sent emails and the timeline of those emails, but does not provide any information for parents who want to know why the government locked their kids out of class.

“The ongoing secrecy surrounding the student lock-out on December 5th raises serious questions about what Stephen McNeil is trying to hide,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “Stephen McNeil threw parents’, students’ and teachers’ lives into chaos on December 5th, and so far, the Liberals have refused to explain why.”

The NDP has proposed a 4-point plan to resolve the dispute between teachers and government, including:

–          Repeal Bill 148

–          Bargain without conditions

–          Ensure teachers do not go backwards in terms of wages and benefits

–          Make the investments needed in the classroom

“Stephen McNeil and Karen Casey have poisoned the negotiations with the teachers every step of the way,” said Lenore Zann, NDP Education critic. “The public needs to know what conversations were happening in government when the Liberals locked kids out of their classrooms.  It’s time for the Premier and Education Minister to be transparent and accountable.”

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For more information or a copy of the FOIPOP please contact Kyle Buott at (902) 266-2068 or kyle.buott@novascotia.ca.