TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - Ontarians keep rejecting John Tory's weak
judgment and his private religious school ploy to divert half a billion
dollars a year away from our publicly funded schools.
Tory ignored the warnings
"In a letter to Mr. Tory dated June 28 this year, historian Michael Bliss
tried to do his part to keep Mr. Tory on track to victory, writing: 'I have
phoned your office and received a perfunctory acknowledgement, e-mailed the
party without acknowledgement and earlier wrote you on the schools issue,
again without acknowledgement... This letter is a last attempt to warn you
that you are sleepwalking towards electoral disaster with your schools
"Mr. Tory ignored the historian and others saying the same thing.
"Prof. Bliss closed his note to Mr. Tory saying: 'I'm reminded of the
bridge to the Island (airport) issue in the (Toronto) mayoralty campaign, and
of the public's reaction to the (Conservative) attack ads you sanctioned in
the 1993 federal election. You don't want to go down in history as a
politician who repeatedly was surprised to find out what the public really
feels, but I very much suspect it's about to happen again.'"
- National Post, October 4, 2007
Unchaining the election
"So now, the man who thinks "leadership counts" risks looking like a
fence-sitter - unable to embrace a controversial policy he has said he
believes in, yet unwilling to take the heat that might go along with saying
he's made a mistake."
- Kingston Whig Standard, October 3, 2007
John Tory loses faith
"The wonder of John Tory's commitment to fund private religious schools
is that he ever believed it could be a winner with Ontario voters... In July,
weeks before the campaign officially began, he made his promise. The reaction
of most Ontarians was immediate and consistent. This was a blunder politically
and, more importantly, it was a bad idea philosophically. People didn't see
Tory bringing religious schools into the public school system and closer to
Ontario's mainstream, they saw him providing an opportunity for more
- North Bay Nugget, October 3, 2007
Focus on funding schools we have
"Two topics are bound to create some divisive discussions. One is
politics, the other is religion. Ontario Conservative leader John Tory brought
both together when he floated the idea of funding for faith-based schools and
it blew up in his face."
- Sault Star, October 3, 2007
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