THE BC LIBERALS claim in a fact sheet that spending on education is at record levels. A reality check shows otherwise. Sure, spending is up if you consider only dollar amounts. When inflation is factored in, a different outcome emerges: there is no increase at all.
For example, from 2009 to 2013 B.C. education spending increased by 5.6 per cent which is almost exactly the rate of inflation. Across Canada, spending is actually increasing. It’s up by 12.3 per cent according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Their assessment of the BC Liberals’ claim is blunt: