The majority of Ontarians agree that it’s time to merge our four school systems into one public, secular school system in each official language. Here’s why they feel that way.
All Ontario taxpayers pay for public education in this province and yet we have two school systems that are only for students of one religion. In this day and age, that just doesn’t seem right. There might have been a time when having English and French Catholic school systems made sense, but not in today’s multi-cultural Ontario.
This isn’t about religion or about politics. It’s about what’s best for our children. It’s been estimated that merging into one public, secular school system in each official language would save up to a billion dollars a year. We’d have a lot less bureaucracy and no duplication of services.
Best of all, the money saved would go a long way to making all our schools so much better.
With declining enrollment across Ontario, aging schools and budget cutbacks, it’s time to start an open conversation about the reasons for one public system in each official language. Other provinces have made the change and seen the benefits. Now it’s Ontario’s turn.