Conservative candidates question John Tory's judgment

    TORONTO, Sept. 14 /CNW/ - Conservative candidates are joining the legions
of Ontarians questioning John Tory's plan to take hundreds of millions of
dollars out of public education and hand it over to private religious schools.

    -   Bob Runciman (Leeds-Grenville) who is John Tory's House Leader said:
        "It's not playing well. I'm not hearing from people (who are)
        supportive, by and large." (Canadian Press, Sep. 13, 2007)

    -   Bill Murdoch (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound) earlier tried to brush the
        questionable scheme off as a "pilot" project and now says it "would
        be studied first and not necessarily implemented." (,
        Sep. 13, 2007)

    -   Bill Vrebosch (Nipissing) has backed away from Tory's scheme with
        CKAT radio reporting "if the people of Nipissing don't agree with the
        policy, he won't either." (, Sep. 11, 2007)

        The Parry Sound North Star reported that Vrebosch "readily admits he
        wasn't enthused about the proposal when he first heard it" saying:
        "I'm really in a quandary here." (Parry Sound North Star, Aug. 8,

    -   Ted Arnott (Wellington-Halton Hills) expressed concerns to the
        Fergus-Elora Express (Sep. 13, 2007) saying there would be conditions
        on his support.

        Arnott has also said: "If we start funding private religious schools,
        that means there is less funding available to the public system which
        is open to all students." (Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Nov. 20, 1999)

    -   Kevin Ashe (Ajax-Pickering) told the Toronto Star he is getting "push
        back" at the doors on Tory's questionable private school scheme.
        (Toronto Star, Aug. 3, 2007)

    -   Norm Miller (Parry Sound-Muskoka) has questioned John Tory's private
        school scheme saying: "I would say this is not something that would
        be popular." (Parry Sound North Star, Aug. 1, 2007)

    The Conservative candidates are joining a fast-growing list of Ontarians
who are questioning John Tory's judgment. Just yesterday former Conservative
MPP Diane Cunningham - whose leadership bid Tory supported in 1990 - said the
idea is so bad, Tory "may go down on this." (Toronto Star, Sep. 13, 2007)

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