Ontario continues to reject John Tory's questionable private school scheme

    TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ -

    Funding religious schools is bad policy

    "Ontario would do better to gear its policies toward greater integration
of ethnic and religious communities. Funding private religious schools will
not advance diversity, which is best promoted in the public school system.
There, children of all backgrounds can prepare to live together under a common
set of Canadian values."

           -  National Post, Aug. 9, 2007

    Education Conundrum

    "This divisive issue will be the focus on intense debate... To stake an
election on such a divisive issue is driving traditional Conservative support
away from the party, and appeals to a small minority who want the public to
pay for designer education. "

           -  Ancaster News, Aug. 31, 2007

    Funding religious schools a bad idea

    "Fair? On what grounds? Fair to weaken the universal public school system
instead of enhancing it? Fair to have children segregated in a fragmented
educational system? "

           -  Kingston Whig Standard, Aug. 4, 2007

    Funding religious schools would splinter society

    "In the face of such racial and religious splintering, the last thing
Ontario needs is an education system that panders to narrow religious
viewpoints. Instead, it needs to foster a broader understanding of what it
means to participate in a politically secular democracy."

           -  Peterborough Examiner, July 30, 2007

    Funding plan bad public policy

    "Given the fact there's a provincial election coming in less than three
months, Tory's plan seems more a ploy tailor-made for the diverse and
vote-rich 905 region around Toronto than reflecting a genuine concern for
religious education. The great strength of the Ontario public school system is
its ability to impart future citizens with the values and standards of our
society, while at the same time embracing ethnic and religious diversity in
all its students."

           -  Sarnia Observer, July 27, 2007

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