Ontario is not fooled by John Tory's private school ploy



    TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - John Tory's weak judgment was that Ontarians
would be fooled into thinking his private school scheme was no longer a
threat, but it is. Tory's ploy has only put off the final decision for
3 years. Meanwhile a Commission would "study" how to implement tax dollars for
private schools, and pilot projects would be started. And only then would
there be a vote. Here's what Ontarians say:

    Tory in trouble

    "Conservative candidates are openly questioning their leader's idea, and
Tory said yesterday that if elected, he'd hold a free vote in the Legislature
on the issue. Not that free votes are ever a bad idea, but this sounds like a
desperate plea by Tory to put the matter behind him... Tory never intended to
have it this way, but like it or not, he wound up chaining his political
career to one issue, an unpopular one at that."
    - Chatham Daily News, October 2, 2007

    MPPs free on funding issue

    "John Tory hasn't seen the light on extending public funding to all
faith-based schools in Ontario... Whether Ontario voters buy it or not remains
to be seen. But faith-based funding is still on Tory's platform, and it's not
going anywhere."
    - Barrie Examiner, October 2, 2007

    Tory losing the political game

    "What likely will happen is that the campaign will once again careen
around another curve and Tory will look like a weak leader, one who spoke
before he had completed his strategy and, feeling the pressure, wilted under
the heat."
    - Cornwall Standard-Freeholder, October 2, 2007

    From bad to worse

    "Let's be honest. Political campaigns are all about optics and, to put it
mildly, John Tory's decision to abandon his much-publicized notion of funding
faith-based schools does not look good... The other problem is that that part
of his platform is based on one bad idea followed by another bad idea. The
idea of more faith-based funding did not sit well with most voters in Ontario.
The idea of a dozen or so systems, or 20-some as they once had in
Newfoundland, is a non-starter for most people. It would further duplicate
services and would be divisive and border on segregative...
    "But, up until Monday, at least the voters had the say. If they didn't
like the idea of faith-based funding they could make their feelings clear when
they walked into the voting booth. Now, not only has Mr. Tory done an
about-face on the issue he's taken it out of the hands of the voters... In
reality, this takes the decision away from the voters and puts it in the hands
of the MPPs. The fact is, it was a bad idea from the start. His solution is
worse."
    - Stratford Beacon Harold, October 3, 2007





For further information:

For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 961-3800 ext. 412,
ben_chin@ontarioliberal.ca

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