TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - A look back on John Tory's first week of the
2007 election campaign:
Monday - - John Tory began the Conservative election campaign by refusing
to commit to Family Day - a new holiday in February for Ontarians. While
eventually being pushed by his caucus to acknowledge it's a good idea, John
Tory's first instinct was to waffle.
Next, Tory slammed the University of Ottawa while knocking on doors. He
chided a University of Ottawa freshman student and mocked the school as "U of
Tory: "We used to call that U of Zero when we were there. Do you ever
hear that when you're there? Huh?"
Tuesday - - John Tory was forced to issue a midnight apology for mocking
the University of Ottawa.
Then he continued the rich Conservative tradition of attacking teachers,
this time taking it one step further by also accusing the likes of
Bette Stephenson (a former Conservative Education Minister) of "rigging"
Wednesday - - Still trying to recover from the fallout of his
questionable judgment, John Tory tours a private religious school and states
"they still call it the theory of evolution" and that creationism should be
taught along with other theories in public schools.
A clarification was issued later that evening that obscured his position
Thursday - - Ontarians awoke to John Tory's former boss and confidante
Brian Mulroney attacking deceased former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
While Tory's views on the Mulroney smear job are unknown, he did hold a
press conference where he dismissed a Francophone reporter's questions with
"por favor, por favor".
Friday - - John Tory's questionable judgment has led to his next negative
radio attack ad, this time taking a revisionist view of the Conservative's
history of cutting autistic kids off all services at age 6.
Is it any wonder that now, more than ever, people are questioning John
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