TORONTO, ONTARIO - (April 9, 2014)
The Green Party of Ontario applauds the Ontario Superior Court’s decision to excuse Jonathan Erazo and other students from religious field trips and attending mass and other religious programs.
The ruling applies to students in grades 9 through 12, who are entitled to exemptions from religious education under Section 42(13) of the Education Act with parental permission. Publicly funded Catholic elementary schools legally retain the right to refuse admission to non-Catholic children and are not affected by the decision.
"This decision reflects the increasingly diverse and secular society of Ontario and is one more small step towards a fair and equitable school system that has the potential to be the best and most accepting in the world." said Toronto Centre Green Party Candidate, Mark Daye.
"Catholic schools are the only denominational schools that are fully funded by all Ontario taxpayers,” Daye added. “Catholic boards should adhere to the law of the land or find their own source of funding if they want to make Catholic teaching mandatory."