Public funding for private schools saves money
I disagree with comments made by W. Hatton on private school funding, as other provinces continue with private school funding, regardless of what political party is the government.
B.C. gives 35 per cent to 50 per cent of the public school grant to private schools, Alberta 60 to 70 per cent, Saskatchewan 50 to 80 per cent, Manitoba 50 per cent, and Quebec 60 per cent. Anyone who says taxpayers subsidize private schools is wrong on the arithmetic. Far from being subsidized, independent schools offer discounts to taxpayers to educate Canadian students. The math is not complex, to bring all the students enrolled in private schools, into the public education system would cost more, not less. Taxpayers would immediately fund each student at the 100 per cent.
Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario do not fund private schools as per what W. Hatton has proposed for B.C.