A majority of Canadians oppose the public funding of private religious schools of any kind, even though it occurs in most provinces. Fifty-one per cent oppose tax dollars going to Catholic, evangelical or other Christian schools.
The antagonism against religious schools soars higher when minority faiths are brought into the question. Roughly seven out of 10 Canadians oppose public dollars going to Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh or Muslim independent schools. Resistance to such funding is even stronger in B.C. [Source]
Alberta currently funds Catholic schools on par with public schools (i.e. 100%), as well as “charter” religious schools of other denominations and funds private religious schools to the tune of 70% of what the public schools receive (on top of uncapped tuition).
Why fund multiple competing school boards?
Why can’t we strengthen one school board that doesn’t push any particular worldview?
The author of the above linked article seems to think providing further indoctrination via religious schools to our children will promote tolerance and diversity, failing to grasp the concept that these schools may in fact be antithetical to those concepts. Just ask how diverse an Evangelical or Muslim-only school truly is.
At least some provinces have moved toward a single secular board (leaving religious education to the parents and churches).
* Alberta: fully funds faith-based and charter public schools, partial funding for private schools meeting provincial standards.
* B.C.: partially funds religious schools meeting provincial standards.
* Manitoba: partially funds religious schools meeting provincial standards.
* New Brunswick: no religious school funding.
* Newfoundland and Labrador: no religious school funding.
* Nova Scotia: no religious school funding.
* P.E.I.: no religious school funding.
* Quebec: partial funding for private religious schools meeting provincial standards.