TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - Here's what people are saying about John Tory's
questionable scheme to divert $500 million from publicly funded schools to
private religious schools.
No faith-school funding
"I am strongly opposed to the proposal that the construction and operation
of all faith-based schools be funded from general provincial revenues. The
indoctrination of children in a particular faith is the responsibility of the
parents, not of the state. It is certainly not the responsibility, moral or
financial, of all other members of society who are not adherents of that
- Terence Scully, The Record, September 26, 2007
Pundits weigh in on campaign
"I don't understand why (PC leader) John Tory got into the religious
school issue. It's a bad move. I have not heard him explain why he thinks this
issue is a priority for education."
- Sinclair Stevens, yorkregion.com, September 26, 2007
Poll Internals Show Tories Plight is Worse
"In an age where major political parties consumer test their campaign
themes with focus groups and opinion polls, just as commercial businesses, it
is amazing that the Conservatives should have stumbled into endorsing such an
unpopular policy, which even their own voters oppose. Somebody's head should
roll for allowing this to happen."
- Professor Barry Kay, Laurier Institute for the Study of
Public Opinion and Policy, September 11, 2007
Let's teach our children about every religion - together
"Still, a scenario of children segregated by religion in their educational
experience can't reasonably be expected to advance the cause of religious
harmony. It certainly can't contribute much to the successful integration of
newcomers to the province. And, as Tory is finding out, a clear majority of
Ontarians are against extending public funding to faith based schools."
- Kingston Whig-Standard, September 27, 2007
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