Several years ago, after my husband was denied the opportunity to vote for a Catholic School Trustee in our community, I reached out to officials at the Municipal level, the Board level and at the Archdiocese of Toronto to understand why.
I was involved in email discussions that examined the voting rights of non-Catholic parents whose children are educated in the Catholic school system.
At present, only a registered Roman Catholic can vote for a Catholic school trustee, even where a signed separate school lease agreement is on file.
I would like to continue to have an open and frank discussion about the voting rights of both parents (or legal guardians/custodial parents) in families where only one is a baptized Catholic.
As long as children are attending a Catholic school, and tax assessments have been assigned accordingly, all eligible voters in that household should have the right to vote for a Trustee that represents the separate school system in which their child is being educated.