TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - John Tory tried a pathetic private school ploy
that would drag out the division, chaos and tension of his scheme to use tax
dollars for private religious schools, but Ontario continues to reject his
What was Tory thinking?
"Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory has made a mess of a campaign
that should have been much easier for him. Instead, he and his party are
heading for a political abyss, not quite on the scale of the 1993 federal
Progressive Conservatives, but how he did this is baffling. His political
instincts seem to have evaded him. Even on Monday, when he changed his stand
on extending public funding to faith-based schools, he didn't get it right.
Maybe he should have watched reruns of The West Wing before he embarked on his
- Sudbury Star, October 2, 2007
Tory losing his religion
"It's tough to recall the last time a party backed away from a major
campaign plank midway through an election campaign. There's a reason - it's a
move fraught with peril. Those who supported the policy will question the
integrity of the party and its leader and those who didn't will pounce on the
"Tory was delivering this message as late as Sunday night in a spirited
all- candidates meeting in his riding... Less than 24 hours later, he didn't
feel that strongly any more... Tory likely hopes his move Monday will close
the door on an issue that inadvertently took over his campaign. But it raises
questions about Tory's leadership and integrity that he will struggle to
answer with less than nine days left before people vote."
- Brantford Expositor, October 2, 2007
Tory breaks controversial pledge
"You could call it listening and responding, or you could call it what it
is: painting oneself into a corner and taking the only possible path to
escape. John Tory's strategic retreat from his position on funding faith-based
schools for all creeds in Ontario is a tacit admission of what the PC leader
has been told by advisors all along: it is an election-loser."
- Port Hope Evening Guide, October 2, 2007
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
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