Gordon Campbell isn't the first provincial politician to float the idea of restoring taxing authority to boards of education. Last year, Alberta education minister Dave Hancock said his province's school boards "ought to have some of their taxing authority back." According to the Edmonton Journal's Jason Markusoff, the minister told legislators in that province it was time to reopen the debate on the idea. "Should part of that be a question about what the role of school boards is? Absolutely," he said. "Should we be willing and ready to embrace different forms of financing? Absolutely. Is one of those kinds of financing property tax? Certainly it is. It's not an easy discussion, but certainly one we should be embracing."
October 6, 2009