TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - Across the province, more and more Ontarians
are rejecting John Tory's questionable private school scheme.
The First Casualty
"Progressive Conservative leader John Tory wants to pour up to
$500 million into extending public funding to who knows how many different
faiths and denominations. That kind of money buys a lot of very necessary
things in Ontario... Hundreds of millions of dollars for something of passing
interest to Ontarians prior to the election is a gross waste of money. Mr.
Tory, as a Conservative, should recognize that... And with the Tory option,
Ontario loses part of the ethnic mix in our schools."
- Ken Gray, Ottawa Citizen, September 21, 2007
An invitation to Bill Murdoch
"We hope he'll start by addressing, in depth, the Conservative plan to
grant public funding to religious schools. Polls show that most Ontarians
think this is a bad idea. We agree."
- Owen Sound Sun Times, September 18, 2007
Having faith in education difficult
"The Conservative plan to fund multi-faith schools makes me
uncomfortable...Yet as guilty as I may feel, I still find myself struggling to
justify the idea of dividing the education system even further and encouraging
religion to play such a prominent role in the classroom... But what about the
success of the existing structure. I realize it's not perfect, but it's the
one Ontarians are managing to work with."
- Deirdre Healey, Guelph Mercury, September 20, 2007
Faith-based school funding wrong idea
"A family or society today with a strong cultural and religious tradition
could raise many generations of offspring with little exposure to our common
Canadian heritage if John Tory and the PC Party are successful in their
plans... If we adopt religious schools, the next generation will not have the
common experience to understand each other our generation had, and we will
move from our current multicultural society to a new, divided Canadian
- Dr. W. Michael Cnoop-Koopmans, News Durham Region, September 16, 2007
School plan may cost Tory core support
"John Tory had best be careful. Polls show that two-thirds of Ontarians
disagree with the Conservative leader's proposal to publicly fund more
religious schools. Interviews on the ground in and around this southwestern
Ontario city suggest the scheme may cost him votes among his party's core
- Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star, September 20, 2007
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