I invite readers to add their voices to my comments to Brampton Mayor Jeffrey who has recently made public comments as Mayor pertaining to special concessions for prayer in Peel’s Schools.
Here is my email to Mayor Jeffrey. I urge you to read it and contact Brampton’s “present” mayor.
I wish to express my disgust to your recent comments advocating special exceptions being made to encourage muslim students to be supplied with school time and school board facilities to engage in regular prayer activities.
Moreover, I invite you to respond to the specifics herein outlined. Please limit your comments to direct responses only.
(1) Neither the Municipal Council nor the Municipal Mayor has any authority set out under the Education Act. While you might have personal opinions, it is outside your elected capacity to make such pronouncements as Mayor;
(2) You are badly misinformed as to the secular nature of “public education” in Ontario and would do well to seek knowledge in that specific area before making such comments;
(3) Your comments on prayer in Ontario’s secular schools is at extreme odds with your decision to ban the “Universal Prayer” (The Lord’s Prayer) at the commencement of Brampton City Council Meetings and when taken with your public expression concerning muslim prayers, leaves a very bad taste of racism or at the very least racial bias.
You were elected Mayor of Canada’s ninth largest city. You have a single vote on a Municipal Council along with 10 regional and municipal Councillors. Be reminded that you were not elected “monarch” nor did your pre-election campaign disclose that once elected, that you would use your office to subvert authority of those elected to the Education Boards.
The types of open and public comments that you are prone to making are an embarrassment to our democratic process and result in unneeded divisiveness.
You would do well to address yourself solely to the role you have been elected to serve. I suggest that you retract comments made and refrain from doing so in the future.