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Religious school funding dominates Ontario campaigns

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Ontario voters go to the polls in a province-wide election tomorrow. Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty faces challenges from Conservative John Tory, and New Democrat Howard Hampton. One issue has dominated the campaign: public funding for faith-based schools. Support of religious schools is included in the British North America Act of 1867, which created modern Canada. Funds were guaranteed for Protestant and Catholic schools, and that evolved into a system of public schools, and Catholic schools. In Canada, education is a provincial matter, not federal, and every province is a little different. Dr. Robert Thacker teaches Canadian studies at St. Lawrence University. He told Martha Foley religious school funding wasn't expected to be the focus, and it's diverted attention from other issues.

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