TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - Every day more and more Ontarians question John
Tory's private school scheme.
Murdoch's shift a victory for popular will
"Locally at least, the popular will and common sense won out. Good. Of
course it's a hammer-blow to John Tory, and to any cabinet aspirations (Bill)
Murdoch may have... Additional government funding for faith-based schools is
not tenable. If a veteran MPP such as Bill Murdoch, running in the safest Tory
riding in the province, can't scrape by with it, then who can? The policy is
wrong-headed. John Tory and his advisers should see Murdoch's about-face as a
warning. They should put their heads together and rethink this notion and
acknowledge that it was poorly thought out. Then they should scrap it."
- Tom Bunce, Owen Sound Sun Times, September 25, 2007
Tory's tough Tory tactics
"Extending faith-based funding means many teachers won't vote Tory,
because they feel it threatens their jobs. And many parents with children in
the existing public and separate systems, and who want to remain there, don't
want $400 million taken out of the education budget every year."
- The Barrie Examiner, September 25, 2007
Divisive schools issue splits Tories
"Now, however, Conservative pundits are less optimistic about (Graham)
Fox's chances. And the schools issue may be the difference. Across the region,
Conservative volunteers are hearing about Tory's proposal when they knock on
doors. And the response is generally unfavourable...
"But the issue seems to have divided Tory's own party and its supporters.
Many traditional Conservative voters are leery of extending funding to each
and every faith and they question why Tory has become a champion of the cause
when their area candidate comes to the door."
- Mark Sutcliffe, The Ottawa Citizen, September 26, 2007
Candidates not challenged
At one point, while Conservative Cathy Galt was explaining her party's
promise to fund all faith-based schools, a faint boo was heard.
- Port Hope Evening Guide, September 27, 2007
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