This issue has me so angry, I apologize ahead of time for the inevitably undisciplined rant I am about to unleash on you!
Because MY Canada is colour-blind, when it comes to race!
MY Canada is gender-blind, when it comes to sexism!
AND – MY Canada is all inclusive, when it comes to children!!!
And, in my Canada, religious affiliation is irrelevant when it comes to judging a person’s record as a human being! Thank you very much!
During the last Ontario election, I could not bring myself to vote for the Conservatives…. Their leader, John Tory, proposed a public education system which was fully segregated on the basis of religion!!!
The very suggestion that a child’s religion – or any other ‘protected grounds’, as per our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, ought to determine what school that child may or may not attend is so offensive and un-Canadian that it makes me see red!
The Conservatives lost that election: and rightly so!!!
Aside: Of course, before the election, I emailed my local Conservative candidate (now my MPP – Member of Provincial Parliament), Lisa MacLeod, asking her if she was indeed in favour of religious apartheid in our schools. I still have her reply: it angered me to no end to read that if her leader said so, she totally backed it… (Perhaps this is the source of my dissatisfaction with my MPP – the ‘first impression’ she made on me, is rooted in this blatant sell-out of our most cherished freedoms, taking our precious children and sorting them by the accident of their birth! I cannot trust anyone who would sacrifice our children to a doctrine or political party policy!)
OK – I need to calm down. Perhaps it’s ‘definition time’:
Do I need to go on?
Yes. Ever since the British North American Act, there has been a religious apartheid in Ontario’s education: one system for the Catholics, another for the Protestants. Still, over the years, the ‘Protestant’ system has morphed and become secularized, separating the State from the Religion and keeping it out of the classroom. The story is quite different when it comes to the Catholic system: it has become known in Ontario as the SS – Separate Schools!
In my never-humble-opinion, the initials tell the story. The very first public protest/demonstration I ever participated in was to protest the existence of the SS in our schooling!
Even the corrupt UN had recognized – and ruled – that the SS system in Ontario was in breech of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Freedoms.
Predictably, the people of Ontario would not be complicit in this enslavement of our kids to their parent’s religious heritage. The Liberals did not ‘win’ the election – as unbelievable it was that the universally reviled Dalton McGuinty could be re-elected, the Conservatives carefully and systematically LOST IT!
So, now, Dalton McGuinty (whose kids attend SS schools, and whose wife was a teacher in this corrupt system where government-funded religious indoctrination pollutes the minds of our children) is in power. Complete control. And, in no uncertain terms, he is instituting apartheid in our schools! Apartheid of HIS own choosing!!!
Yes, he is very clear: religious apartheid has no part in his plan. That is how the Conservatives LOST EVERYTHING!!!
Instead, on his ‘watch’, we have seen the institution of religious apartheid in at least one school – a ‘pilot project’.
More like a ‘Pilate project!”
Our school system now has – and enforces, as its ‘core policy’ – racial apartheid!!!
Here, in Ontario!
I wonder what would people like Martin Luther King, Jr. say about this policy of ‘Equal, but separate‘!!!
But, that is not evil enough for Black Boss McGuinty!
OK – I had better stop now – I am just so angry, I cannot put a coherent sentence together. Let me just say: fixing our broken school system – but for boys only – is so evil, I don’t know where to start my chain of insults!!! Sorry.
A person’s a person – no matter how small!!!
Or, how female!!!