More rejection of John Tory's private school scheme... including more candidates!

    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - More and more Ontarians are joining
Conservative candidates in rejecting John Tory's scheme to rip $500 million
out of publicly funded schools for private religious schools. Yesterday,
Conservative candidate Bill Murdoch said he would vote against the private
school scheme.

    Faith-based funding

    "Progressive Conservative candidate John Rapin said many people are
concerned extending funding will harm the public school system... 'It's easy
to make this out to be an attack on the public school system.'"

    -  Kingston Whig Standard, September 20, 2007

    John Tory talks funding faith during Pickering visit

    "Oshawa MPP Conservative Jerry Ouellette said the issue of public funds
for private schools is something he's faced every time he's campaigned since
1995. 'Well, it's kind of a double-edged sword,' said Mr. Ouellette of
providing funding... and added he needs more details to ensure the faith-based
funding wouldn't negatively affect the public boards."

    -  Metroland News, August 2, 2007

    Oops, he did it again

    "He's fishing in troubled waters. The majority of Ontarians remain deeply
suspicious of social conservatism... You'd have thought Tory would have
dropped the controversial proposal quickly and quietly. But apparently he
can't help following those horses."

    -  Joe Devine,, September 18, 2007

    Levy a tax on private education

    "I fundamentally disagree with Tory's proposal to bring faith-based
schools into the publicly funded school system. Specifically, I reject the
contention that expanding our definition of public schools to include
faith-based groups is the only solution to our current predicament."

    -  Rudyard Griffiths, Toronto Star, September 23, 2007

For further information:

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

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