While I admit that it is a lot of money, it's not much when compared to some other big ticket items. I only have two questions about Tory's proposal.
It should be noted that Tory is not proposing to immediately allow this to occur, rather former premier Bill Davis will lead a commission to figure out the best way to bring religious schools into the public system.
While a long time advocate against faith based schooling, primarily for the reason that I feel kids who will work in a multicultural environment of the future need to grow up in a non-segregated public schooling system. Yet, in Ontario today we discriminate by allowing Catholic schools access to public funds yet withhold the public purse from other faiths. Thus I see nothing wrong in extending the purse strings to schools of other faith. Either we take away funding from Catholic schools (I would strongly support this position) or we fund all faiths.
While details are scant at this point, I like one phrase in Tory's proposal. He said "the best way to bring religious schools into the public system".
This would mean certain disadvantages students of such faith-based schools now suffer (mainly due to lack of funds) might go away.