Quote: Originally Posted by SirJosephPorter
I don't think Catholicism is Ontario's official religion.
I never said it was the official religion. I'm just saying that if it was a choice between the province pretending to be secular and then grant a particular religious community a special status on the one hand, or making that religion official but mostly as a symbolic gesture with only minimal impact on equality of religions on the other, I'd choose the former. In fact, that might be a reason Britain is more moderate than Canada when it comes to religious legislation. Because it does have a state religion, it must be careful to appear as impartial as possible, whereas in Ontario it is possible to enforce preferential treatment for certain religious communities at taxpayers' expense with impunity since they can always crow how secular the province is.
It is just that Catholic schools are funded from public money. As to getting rid fo the funding, that cannot be done unless there is a consensus in the province. In Quebec, there was such a consensus, all parties agreed that funding should be abolished.
In Ontario, there is no way conservatives are going to agree to abolish the funding. Liberals cannot advocate abolishing the funding on their own, that would be a sure vote loser.
Agreed. It's not about justice, but the will of the mob.
If Liberals and conservatives get together and form a joint policy platform to get rid fo separate school funding, it could be done. But I don't see that happening, there is too much politics involved.
If Catholics actually earned enough money themselves, they'd probably agree to some kind of Swedish-style voucher programme so that we can all decide what school to send our kids at, or at least deduct private school fees form our taxes. The problem then is that it would be harder to funnel the taxes of non-Catholics into the Catholic system or at least force non-Catholics to not have their own religious schools, essentially saying that the public can fund Catholic schools but that they cannot use their own money to fund other schools other than secular unless they're willing to pay twice by paying for private schools and taxes to the public system too, thus giving Catholics the upper hand.
So I agree with you that it is a major political battle since it essentially allows Catholics to get their public Catholic schools funded by their taxes and others' taxes too. They'd have much to lose.