Conservative candidate declares he will vote against Tory's private school scheme

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Earlier this morning Conservative candidate
Bill Murdoch (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound) declared his opposition to John Tory's
questionable private school scheme.
    "Now, make no mistake, this issue is important. As a matter of fact, I
didn't realize exactly how sensitive and divisive the issue would be when it
was first introduced by our leader, John Tory.
    "I started this campaign defending the policy, but very quickly heard -
loud and clear - while canvassing door-to-door, on the phone, via mail and
e-mail - that the people of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound are predominantly against
the extension of funding to faith based schools.
    "For the last 17 years, the people of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound have
entrusted me with their collective voice at Queen's Park. This is a
responsibility that I take very seriously. I firmly believe that I am directly
answerable to those people and they have grown to expect me to defend and
fight for their priorities...
    "As such, I am here today to let the constituents of Bruce-Grey-Owen
Sound know that I have listened. Last week I spoke with John Tory by phone,
followed by a letter requesting that he agree to either a referendum or free
vote on the issue...
    "For my part, over the last two weeks I have listened to the constituents
and I am convinced that the majority stand against faith based funding. I
answer to that today... you have my word that should this come before the
legislature, as it stands today, with the majority of my riding opposed, I
will vote against it."
    - Bill Murdoch,, September 24, 2007

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