OTTAWA - In a Members Statement in the House of Commons yesterday, Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP, Scott Armstrong congratulated both the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRS), and the workers for agreeing to mediation.
In his statement, MP Armstrong said, “that at the end of January in Nova Scotia thousands of students write exams. This is a time of great stress and strain for the students and their families particularly those who are in their senior year.
“In Cumberland - Colchester Musquodoboit Valley students often also have to contend with poor weather and school closures. Even when the weather does not close schools it is often difficult for busses to pick up students on the rural roads and safely transport them to school.”
He said that having a strike of custodians, maintenance workers and bus drivers could not have come at a worse time of year, adding many children, particularly the rural student’s, would have the added stress of not only preparing for exams but have to find alternate transportation to school and at some point the strike would have caused schools to close all together.
“As a former educator let me say that on behalf of the thousands of children in my constituency, many of whom will be writing exams, I would like to congratulate both the School Board, and the Workers for agreeing to mediation which put a stop to job action after only a few hours of a work stoppage,” he said.
“This was a great example of all parties putting students first and I encourage both sides to do whatever it takes to come to a final agreement so that our children will not have their education impacted is a negative way.”