Conservative candidates are running away from John Tory's questionable private school scheme



    TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - Today, John Tory will be greeted by Rob Morley,
his candidate in Huron Bruce. Earlier this week, the Kincardine News reported
that Morley said "he isn't in favour (of funding private religious schools),
thinks it's been given too high a priority and feels all faiths should be
funded under one roof. 'We should take it all back to one system... One system
for everyone, that's the message I'm thinking.'" (September 12, 2007)
    Morley joins a growing list of candidates uncomfortable with using public
money for private religious schools, and questioning John Tory's judgment.
    Garfield Dunlop (Simcoe North) is also raising questions about John
Tory's judgment. He told the Packet and Times that public funding of private
religious schools is "the thing I'm hearing most". The newspaper goes on to
say: "Many Tory MPPs did not know religious funding would be part of the
campaign, said Dunlop. 'In a way, it caught us by surprise.'" (September 19,
2007)
    Bill Murdoch (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound) has also joined the chorus calling
the scheme a "pilot" project "would be studied first and not necessarily
implemented." (am920.ca, Hanover Post September 14, 2007)
    So far, 10 Conservative candidates have come out questioning the judgment
of John Tory and his private school scheme.
    Perhaps that's why TVO is reporting that "there was a very tense
conference call amongst the party's riding campaign managers the other day.
They were apparently pretty rattled about the reaction their candidates are
getting at the door to John Tory's proposal to give public funding for
religious schools. 'It feels like 2003 all over again' some apparently
complained - a reference to when Ernie Eves lost the last election." (tvo.org,
September 20, 2007)
    "John Tory's scheme to rip $500 million out of publicly funded schools
for private religious schools is a big step backwards," said Deputy Premier
George Smitherman. "There are so many unanswered questions that Tory just has
not thought through. Even Conservative candidates are questioning John Tory's
judgment."





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