TORONTO, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - More and more Ontarians are rejecting John Tory's
weak judgment, his private school scheme, private health care agenda and
determination to put private interests ahead of public services.
John Tory campaigns by the polls
"Prior to Monday's announcement that a Progressive Conservative
government will allow the legislature to vote freely on public funding for
faith-based schools, PC Leader John Tory's unpopular promise to extend funding
to all faiths has been portrayed as a courageous stance based on integrity and
principle. You can't say that anymore. And neither can he."
- Orillia Packet & Times, October 3, 2007
Small mercies for Tory
"Even those who argue it may be the fair thing to do to join five other
provinces and fund faith-based schools other than Catholic schooling, agree
Tory has been shown lacking on the presentation of this policy plank and worse
by performing a flip-flop too late in the campaign to make a difference.
In terms of leadership, Tory likely could have delivered what he'd been
trumpeting all along as his strong suit - a stiff spine. But that principled,
some would say stubborn, stand on the faith-based school issue is proving to
be harmful to his party's chances."
- Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin, October 5, 2007
Education funding misstep may doom Tories' chances
"The Ontario election campaign, mild as it has been, has nevertheless
raised a few sparks. It looks increasingly possible, however, that the leader
of the Progressive Conservatives will pay for his inexperience by the way he
has stumbled into the potent minefield of religion and politics and is now
missing a few limbs for his pains."
- Metroland - Brampton Division, October 6, 2007
The vote: Putting our community first
"Tory's faith-based initiative not only showed poor judgment, it arguably
was also a cynically conceived strategy to garner votes and tip the balance in
key ridings. We've seen Tory play politics in the past. He roundly assailed
the $400-million Casino Windsor expansion as a waste of Ontarians' tax dollars
without any regard to the casino's importance to the city and the provincial
- Windsor Star, October 6, 2007
Free vote won't solve Tory's problem
"How does leader John Tory's latest promise to hold a "free vote" on
whether to publicly fund non-Catholic faith-based schools help him,
exactly?... People still don't know whether electing a Conservative government
means there will be funding or not. Time is running out."
- Toronto Sun, October 2, 2007
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