Leadership Matters - Except When It Doesn't

    What People Are Saying About John Tory's Poor Judgment

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The reviews are pouring in after Conservative
Leader John Tory's cynical and desperate move to deflect attention away from
his scheme to fund private religious schools. And the reviews, to be blunt,
aren't very good.

    -   Toronto Star - "TORY FLIP-FLOPS...John Tory flip-flopped on his
        controversial $400 million scheme...Given the widespread opposition
        to (his plan), Tory backtracked on putting the issue to an MPPs' free
    -   Adam Radwanski, Globe and Mail - "TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE...Now, in
        effectively backing away from his plan, Tory has acknowledged that it
        was never solely about principle and that, as a political strategy,
        it was a big loser."
    -   CP24 - "But this would be a humiliating defeat if John Tory not only
        loses the election but loses his own seat. The last person that we
        saw this happen was of course Kim Campbell back in 1993 and who was
        the campaign chair of that campaign? It was of course John Tory."
    -   CFRB - "Ontario's Conservative Leader John Tory has been forced by
        his party to change his tune a humiliating dangerous reversal of from
        ten days before Ontario's election..."
    -   CITY-TV - "It's a gamble that to some pundits seems to be a no-win
        roll of the dice for John Tory. While he's not exactly turning his
        back on the issue of faith-based school funding, he's certainly
        backing away from it ..."
    -   Toronto Sun.com - "TORY CHANGES HIS MIND TO LET HIS MPPs LOOSE...two
        Conservative candidates have already said they wouldn't support the
        plan if it came to a vote..."
    -   National Post - "TORY ABOUT-FACE ON RELIGIOUS FUNDING...The move
        represents an about face on a policy that proved deeply unpopular. In
        recent days and weeks a host of Conservative candidates have said the
        funding issue was hurting them on the campaign trail."
    -   Globe and Mail - "TORY BENDS...the announcement marks a dramatic
        about-face from Mr. Tory's stance as recently as last week when he
        rules out a free vote."
    -   Prof. James Laxer, Canadian Press - "There's no question about it: it
        makes him seem to be a wavering leader under pressure, and people
        aren't going to be impressed by that..."
    -   Canadian Press - "...Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory tried
        to assuage embittered party faithful...Tory (was) clearly worried
        about the optics of such a significant amendment to a policy he has
        staunchly defended (and) went to lengths to convince voters they
        should see the move not as a flip-flop or a sign of
    -   Doug Hart, Ontario Institute for Cities and Education, Canadian
        Press - "(It is) very late in the game to make a major policy shift."
    -   CTV.CA - "Tory still strongly supports his idea...(but) his stance on
        the issue has been widely unpopular among voters and even created
        divisions within his own party..."
    -   A Step to the Right, Conservative blogger - "Will this change the PC
        Party's fortunes? I somehow doubt it....Meanwhile, unfortunately, the
        PC campaign will still be trying to figure out their a(xx) from the
    -   Aaron Lee Wudrick, Conservative blogger - "Doesn't it seem silly to
        insist, now, that he really meant it when he said this policy was a
        matter of fairness and principle and equality, and that even if it
        wasn't popular, he wasn't going to back down?"
    -   Adam Daifallah, Conservative author - "REALLY BAD NEWS"
    -   Joanne's Blog, Blogging Tory - "Will this staunch the bleeding? I
        think it will get worse before it gets better, and with such a short
        time to go, the Conservative campaign could very well be DOA."
    -   http://cosmostein.blogspot.com/ - "I was going to avoid blogging on
        Faith Based Funding, because I honestly thought that Ontario voters,
        and the leader of the PC Party were both smart enough to do their
        research, or at least defend the position. Clearly I was wrong."

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