Week One of Campaign Marked by Stumbles, Missteps and More Bad Judgment by John Tory



    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ -

    Monday - Negatory
    The writ is officially dropped and John Tory is seeking to put some
distance from last week's pre-campaign stumbles, including his apology for his
"U of Zero" slur against the University of Ottawa and his clarifications on
his support for the teaching of creationism in schools. His solution? He
immediately goes negative with attack ads, making for the most negative
election campaign launch in memory.

    Tuesday - An earful
    During his canvass in Oakville, Tory gets an earful by local residents
who oppose his plan for public funding for private religious schools. Tory
campaign spin downplays the significance of the plan saying: "It represents a
quarter of a page in a 52-page document... The education issue is one issue."
Sun Media, September 6, 2007

    Wednesday - Mystery cuts
    John Tory visits London for a health care announcement where he fails to
explain what he would cut to cover his plan for taking $3 billion out of
public health including $1.5 billion in still unidentified cuts. People in
London still want to know what services Tory would cut from their local
hospital.

    Thursday - Abandon ship
    Three senior Conservative MPPs and a former Conservative education
minister come out against their own party's private religious school funding
scheme.
    Tory announces he wants to spend $1.3 billion for coal plant scrubbers,
sounding an awful lot like a big tobacco company executive pretending filters
make smoking okay.

    Friday - Exact fare please
    Tory courts Toronto voters with a speech to the Toronto Board of Trade
where he announces that his plan would actually mean $100 million less for
transportation in Ontario. Tory is nothing if not consistent given his record
which includes voting against expanding the subway in Toronto and voting
against increases to funding for roads and bridges across the province.





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