David Eggen, Minister of Education, issued the following statement in response to the Office of the Auditor General’s review of the province’s school-building program:
“We thank the staff of the Auditor General’s office for their advice.
“The report released today makes it clear that the previous government thought news releases built schools and that they made numerous announcements for political gain.
“The review states that past ministers made public commitments and announced completion dates without evidence those dates were reasonably attainable. These announcements created false public expectations.
“Our government will do better, and we have already made numerous changes to our building, accounting and reporting processes in response to concerns raised in today’s report.
“Our priority right now is to complete schools promised to Albertans as soon as possible. We anticipate 28 new school projects and 20 modernizations being completed in time for the 2016-17 school year.
“We will also work to keep Albertans informed about the projects underway in their communities in as timely a manner as possible.”