Ontario is rejecting John Tory's questionable private school scheme



    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ -

    Tory's misstep on religious schools

    "The timing of Mr. Tory's proposal makes it transparent. Running close in
the polls with Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty, the Conservative Leader
clearly hopes that his religious funding plan will win him extra votes from
Ontario's minority communities. But whatever benefit the initiative might have
for his party would be considerably outweighed by the damage it would do to
his province."

    
        Globe and Mail, Wednesday, July 25, 2007
    


    More wrongs don't make right, Mr. Tory

    "The fortuitously named John Tory, leader of the party by the same name,
has lately espoused one of the most transparent and misguided notions ever to
hit Ontario politics. Mr. Tory - in what can only be seen as a naked attempt
to win minority support that usually goes (for one reason or another) to the
Liberals - has promised, if elected, to extend funding to all faith groups
that want to set up schools here...
    "Today's public schools are secular. They are, or should be, welcoming to
all... We should not be teaching our children that segregation is the desired
end. We should be reinforcing the fact that the best way to learn about other
people and other cultures, is to rub shoulders with them.
    "Aside from our philosophical objection, there's the issue of cost. If we
have this kind of money to throw around, we should be using it to make a
better public school system."

    
        Chatham Daily News, July 30, 2007
    


    Tory's pledge could sink him

    "So far in this campaign - which, admittedly, has just begun - Tory has
shown a disconcerting lack of political judgment. For reasons known only to
him, he has continued to trumpet an ill-advised pledge to extend full
provincial funding to Ontario religious schools.
    "...some pledges, the loopy ones, shouldn't be made in the first place.
Tory should drop this idea while he still has time. If he won't do so
willingly, his footsoldiers - including our own MPP Bill Murdoch - should
pressure him to do so. Certainly they should not stand by and salute as the
good ship Tory founders amid, shall we say, a heavy swell.
    "Rarely has an idea been so unpopular, across the political spectrum. If
Tory keeps pressing it, he may well lose the election. And he will deserve
to."

    
        Owen Sound Sun Times, September 11, 2007
    


    Mr. Tory's stick of dynamite

    "As public policy, full funding of faith-based schools with tax dollars
would be a bad mistake for Ontario, in terms of the cost and of splintering
our secular society... By seizing upon the issue as a way to distance their
party from the Mike Harris era and back toward the more benevolent glow of
Bill Davis, the Conservatives have sentenced their leader to a month of tap
dancing on a tightrope. It happened again this week when the campaign flew
into damage control after Tory said, then hastily unsaid, that publicly funded
Christian schools should be allowed to teach creationism."

    
        The Hamilton Spectator, September 7, 2007
    


    Reject funding of religious schools

    "John Tory's plan to provide public funding to religious schools may be
good politics, but it's bad public policy."

    
        North Bay Nugget, July 26, 2007
    


    A plan to split schools

    "Ontario's school system doesn't need more fragmentation. That's what we
fear will happen if Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory gets his way and
extends funding to religious schools.
    "Tory is under fire from supporters of public education after announcing
his plan Monday to spend $400 million a year to fund Islamic, Hindu, Jewish
and Christian schools. "

    
        Brantford Expositor, July 26, 2007
    


    John Tory's hornet's nest

    "For John Tory, the man who wants to be premier of Ontario, the news on
the doorsteps isn't good. Nobody wants to talk about the health tax,
leadership or the economy. Instead, it's all about religious schools. Most
people are flatly opposed to Mr. Tory's promise to fund more of them. Tempers
run highest in Toronto, where the Conservative candidate is hoping for a
breakthrough. Raise the issue at any dinner party, and watch everyone start
yelling. "I can't understand why he made it an issue," say more Tory
supporters than I can count."

    
        Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail, September 11, 2007
    


    No time for neophytes

    "John Tory has yet to become a recognizable figure in (the Windsor)
region. He's a nice guy and all that, but he could stroll the length of
Ouellette Avenue wearing only Tory blue body paint and hardly a soul would
make the connection. Worse, the one thing he is getting known for is this mad
proposal to further Balkanize education in Ontario."

    
        Gord Henderson, Windsor Star, September 11, 2007
    





For further information:

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

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