MCC dismisses John Tory's new flip-flop: "Pandering to clerics will not work"

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The Muslim Canadian Congress has dismissed John
Tory's new position on funding private religious schools as nothing more than
"a desperate attempt to garner votes for what appears to be an imminent defeat
for the Conservative Party, including his own in Don Valley West."
    Responding to the Conservative Leader's promise to allow a free-vote in
his caucus, the Vice President of the Muslim Canadian Congress, Salma Siddiqui
said, "John Tory should admit that he was led unwittingly into this blunderous
path by his advisers who had promised him an easy victory in Don Valley West,
the riding with the country's largest number of ethnic voters."
    "John Tory's failure should be a lesson to all Canadian politicians who
seek ethnic votes by pandering to clerics and self-styled community leaders
may have worked in the past, but will not in the future," Ms Siddiqui added.

For further information:

For further information: Salma Siddiqui in Ottawa at (613) 864-4306; or
Tarek Fatah in Toronto at (416) 953-1798

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