Public Schools of Saskatchewan said they are disappointed that the provincial government is considering legal options to address a court ruling on school funding.
The ruling last week stated the province cannot provide Catholic schools funding for students who aren’t Catholic.
Public Schools of Saskatchewan Executive Director Larry Huber said that is consistent with Canada’s Constitution.
Huber saod the ruling was in accordance with the Canadian Constitution, which states that governments can’t provide a benefit upon one religion, but not others.
The change wouldn’t come into effect before June 30, 2018, which Huber said is more than enough time to find a solution for hundreds — if not thousands — of students switching schools.
“That would give some time for the parties involved to say, ‘Okay, how can we do this?’ You need to take into account all the facilities and enrolment, but more than that the families and the children that are affected,” said Huber. “I think there are ways to look at this in a reasonable and appropriate way.”
Huber added that they wanted to undertake a constitutional reference, looking at the legal issues of the law, to the Sask. Party when they first entered power, but it did not go forward.
He said the constitutional reference would have been a cheaper alternative than going to the courts.
(With files from CJWW)