Dear Mr. Ford:
We supported you in the last 2018 election on your promise to ensure the public schools are a better place for the parents of traditional and religious family values.
You promised to remove the liberal agenda from public education. You promised to correct the Ontario School system that the Ontario Liberals polluted with the help of the NDP.
Unfortunately, the promises are not fulfilled.
Hundreds of thousands of families in Ontario having religious and traditional values had no other option but to withdraw their children from public schools. Or they are unwillingly sending their children due to the inability to pay the fees to private schools. Mostly opted for alternate options of economically viable private schools and homeschooling.
We respectfully remind you there is a constitutional requirement for the province to fund schools that are "designed for all the community members, whatever their creed" and are "open for all the members of society."
(Section 93 of the constitution that deals with education, read para 44, 46 and 47)
A good example is TDSB funding Africentric schools explicitly designed for the African community. If they provide such a school for the African Community, they should also offer it to other communities.
An Africentric education provides important culturally affirming, social and academic building blocks for students to build their capacity through enhanced self-esteem, positive identity awareness, strong cultural values and a sense of engagement and responsibility to the community. This is done through a comprehensive and consistent infusion and integration of positive, affirming African culture and contribution to their school experience.
The same framework should be provided for other ethnic, religious and cultural communities.
The Conservative government of Alberta is already funding private schools and homeschooling children.
We expect and hope PC Ontario under your leadership to do the same.
We wish you success and re-elect on June 2, 2022.
Thorncliffe Park Citizens