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“Open letter to CTV News Re: Misinformation on Catholic School Funding.”

On January 16, 2014,  Mark Daye, Candidate – Toronto Centre - Green Party of Ontario,  sent a letter of complaint to CTV News (Toronto) in response to its segment on Catholic School funding in Ontario.

Open letter to CTV News RE: Misinformation on Catholic School Funding.

Mr. Paul Rogers
Sr. Vice President, CTV News Toronto
CC: Mr. Paul Bliss
Queens Park Reporter,
CTV News Toronto
CC: Honest Reporting Canada

Dear Mr. Rogers,

While watching the CTV Toronto news this evening, January 16, 2014,  I was pleased to see Paul Bliss’ story on the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario new policy in support of One School System in Ontario.
This is an issue that is very important to me as someone who believes strongly in improving our school system and making it the best in the world while saving Ontario taxpayers an estimated 1-2 BILLION dollars every year.
I was however, extremely disappointed to see that yet again, the Green Party of Ontario was not mentioned, even though the GPO is the only major political party in the province with a policy that is almost identical to the new policy of ETFO.
Mr. Bliss feels that because no Green has yet to be elected to Queen’s Park that the policy of this major party is irrelevant. I disagree, and so do thousands of your viewers and Green Party supporters, but that is not why I am writing.
The misleading statement;
“…only twenty-three per cent of people actually fill out the form and choose to send their education taxes to the Catholic school system” made by Mr. Bliss is a disservice to the taxpaying citizens of Ontario.
When you tick the box on your MPAC form to indicate which school system you ‘support’ you are indicating only which school system trustees you will vote for.
The MPAC “support” selection is a tool used by the status quo to continue to mislead the public into thinking that only those who choose to, will fund the Catholic schools.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The proof of this was reported in the Ottawa Citizen in an advertisement place by a Catholic school board;
““When you designate yourself as a separate school supporter, there is no longer a financial benefit to our Board. Rather, your designation guarantees a strong political voice through your elected representatives (Trustees) in ensuring your rights to Catholic education for the young people in our province.””
To find out more, I invite you to read this illuminating piece from Humanist Perspectives.

I look forward to Mr. Bliss’ correction on a future show.Best regards,Mark Daye

Candidate – Toronto Centre - Green Party of Ontario
Shadow Cabinet Critic - Min. of Community & Social Services
Toronto Region Male Rep. – Provincial Executive, GPO