More and more Ontarians reject John Tory's questionable private school scheme

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ -

    Mr. Tory, stay out of religion

    "At a time when the world is fracturing along new fault lines every day,
I'm uncertain why Tory believes further fragmenting our Canadian education
system is a winning idea. We are becoming more defined by our divisions than
our unity, and further isolation of our kids, the best chance we have to
change this, is mind boggling.
    "Perhaps Tory should get back to basics and remember what public
education is all about.
    "But splintering our educational system while handing out religious
promises like red Life Savers, makes me sorely tempted to ask Mr. Tory just
what kind of currency he's willing to use to purchase a few votes."

    - Lorraine Sommerfeld, column, Hamilton Spectator, Sep. 17, 2007

    The most dangerous promise

    "If fully funded faith-based schools siphoned off even more students from
the public school system, would even more schools - especially in rural
areas - be forced to close, due to lack of enrolment? "

    - Port Hope Evening Guide, Sep. 17, 2007

    The spirit of education

    "So aside from the political points Tory is trying to score, we have to
wonder how he can be so myopic."

    - The Dunnville Chronicle, August 29, 2007

    Why Tory's principal argument has backfired

    "He's wrong. It will become a badge of stubbornness and bizarrely bad
political judgment under fire. Unless Tory changes course, and soon, he's

    - Michael Den Tandt, Osprey News National Affairs Columnist, Welland
    Tribune, Sep. 15, 2007

    Funding schools based on faith

    " seems odd that an aspiring politician would be talking not about
ways to help, but about ways to spread Ontario's education jam a little

    - Kingston Whig Standard, July 26, 2007

    Now not the time to tinker with system; School Funding

    "John Tory could be digging his own political grave over the issue of
funding for private religious schools."

    - St. Thomas Times-Journal, July 27, 2007

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

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