This is excellent news. I’d like to thank all the parents, students and other concerned Catholics that courageously contacted the government on this policy. I’d also like to thank Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, the bishops of Ontario and the Ottawa Catholic school board for their powerful interventions. Great job! It proves that we can make a difference.
That being said, we must not let up. The battle is not won. The government’s statements suggest that this is only a temporary reprieve. They said things like “It’s become pretty obvious to us that we need to give this a serious rethink” and that they “didn’t have sufficient time to look at the information provided.” They didn’t commit to exempting Catholic schools altogether.
The truth is that a simple tinkering with the proposed curriculum is not going to cut it. We should not let up until we’ve been assured that the Catholic schools will be completed exempt from this new curriculum. Zero compromise.