Comments from Education Minister Yves Bolduc on ways for school boards to deal with cuts are not sitting well with the chair of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
Bolduc suggested one way for school boards to deal with budget cuts would be to cut the number of new books the schools buy.
Lester B. Pearson school board chair Suanne Stein Day says Bolduc's comments aren't fair. She tells CJAD News fostering learning and a love for reading requires a lot of books for every kind of reader.
I am very, very saddened to learn of Mr. Bolduc's comments about 'no child will die from not having a book to read,'" she said.
"I’ve worked all my life to make sure children have books to read; they learn so much from it in so many ways.
"As we move into a technological world, children still have to read."
She also takes issue with Premier Philippe Couillard's vow that buying new books for schools is a priority, reacting to Bolduc's suggestion.
She says grants for her school board's book budget were slashed 37 per cent this year.
"So, if there's no reason to cut our budget, why did he cut our grants?" she challenged.