Everyone who objects to publicly-funded Catholic schools will agree with Joshua Ostroff’s arguments against them in the “ articleIt’s Time To Excommunicate Public Catholic Schools”:
The kids are back in class and the new year is upon us. In light of the shocking honesty from Catholic school trustees in Edmonton and Toronto just before the break, it’s perfect timing to make a resolution to achieve equality (and fiscal responsibility) by finally ending our publicly funded separate school system.
Ostroff goes on to reiterate what people have been saying for years:
residents of Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan shouldn’t be forced to pay for a Catholic school system that doesn’t ground education in the fundamental separation of church and state.
He gives an example of how much residents of Ontario and Calgary, Alberta are paying
In Ontario, for example, it’s about $7 billion while in Calgary the Catholic school board gets $470 million to the public school board’s $1.1 billion.
It’s time to defund and merge the remaining separate Catholic school systems in Canada because it’s inequitable, [and] discriminatory . . . .
Yes, it’s time to defund the remaining separate Catholic school systems in Canada, but merging them is not the solution. It’s time to create a single, publicly-funded secular school system in Alberta and Saskatchewan and a single, publicly-funded secular school system for each official language in Ontario.