By Letter to the Editor on December 11, 2019.
As a former Albertan who recently moved to Toronto, I watch Alberta politics with interest. When I lived in Alberta I always wondered why the government blatantly supported private schools and colleges with taxpayer dollars.
Over the last 50 years this support has gone from zero to well over $200 million. If these funds were redirected to support public education there would be no need for layoffs, tuition and fee increases or increases to class size. If parents feel they want to send their children to private institutions, let them pay the full price.
Jason Kenney’s parents paid his way through private schools. He began in Saskatchewan, then moved to an even more expensive school on Vancouver Island. Finally he ended up as a dropout, from an exclusive university in San Francisco. Given this background I’m sure he will have great difficulty supporting the obvious economic choice to make public education fair and affordable to all.
Ontario private schools receive zero public funds while Alberta taxpayers pay the highest fees in Canada.