The SaskParty government is set to use the notwithstanding clause of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, after a recent Court of Queen’s Bench ruling.
The ruling, from April 20th, stated that the provincial government could no longer fund non-Catholic students to attend separate schools.
It stemmed from a lawsuit between the Good Spirit School Division and the Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division.
The clause gives provincial governments the authority to override certain portions of the Charter for a 5-year term.
“I have asked the Ministers of Education and Justice to begin preparing legislation to invoke the notwithstanding clause to protect choice in our school system,” Wall said in a statement. “We wanted to announce this now to provide clarity and provide parents with the assurance that they will be able to continue to choose the kind of school they want their children to attend.”
However invoking the clause requires an Act of the Legislative Assembly.
The ruling, if it stands, would affect about 10-thousand non-Catholic students, and would take effect June 30th, 2018.