Friday, September 14, 2007

McGuinty: funding religious schools only benefits the rich

Premier Dalton McGuinty attacked John Tory's plan to fund religious schooling saying:

Asked about his comments yesterday, Mr. McGuinty denied they were meant as a personal attack. "I've never been personal in this regard. What I'm saying is that when we take half a billion dollars out of public schools and put them in private schools, that benefits private interests," he told reporters.

Wait a minute...only rich people go to private school?

That's absolutely ridiculous.

The whole point of funding religious schools is so that less fortunate people can have a greater chance of attending the schools of their choice.

Does he know about the numerous parents who pay their taxes to the public, and then scrimp and save to send their kids to the school of their choice?

I found that statement arrogant.

I find that John Tory's plan does not go far enough.

Because it only benefits the families who send their children to religious schools.

The Family Coalition Party's plan for a voucher system is much more fair. In this system, the family would receive a voucher for each child, equal to the total school budget divided by the number of children.

Everyone gets an equal share.

It's not about rich or poor. It's about supporting parents in their role as the people best able to decide what's right for their child.

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