Ontario still rejecting John Tory's weak judgment and private school ploy

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - Ontario continues to reject John Tory's weak
judgment and his scheme to rip $500 million out of publicly funded schools for
private religious schools.

    Political poison

    "Former Windsor super minister Dave Cooke is a political junkie who
normally devours election campaigns, but even he can barely stomach watching
the gruesome train wreck that John Tory's derailed Conservative campaign has
    "Cooke's biggest concern as a former education minister is that Tory's
faith-based funding proposal would become the education ministry's
all-consuming focus for at least the next four to six years.
    "Instead of concentrating on improving our schools and boosting
educational standards, said Cooke, 'the ministry would have to focus entirely
on how to develop policies and regulations' to support Tory's initiative. He
foresees 'a massive distraction' involving thorny questions about governance
and curriculum enforcement and public hearings across the province that could
be extremely divisive.
    "In other words, a ticking social time bomb. And that makes one wonder.
What on earth was John Tory thinking?"

    -   Gord Henderson, Windsor Star, October 4, 2007

    Ontario election 2007 an exercise in preserving status quo

    "It was almost embarrassing to watch Conservative leader John Tory
publicly eviscerate his policy on Monday. What began as a principle of equity
became an exercise in damage control when candidate after candidate --
including Gerry Martiniuk, the incumbent in Cambridge -- broke ranks with Tory
over school funding. As damage control, it was too little, far too late."

    -   Geoffrey Stevens, Kitchener Waterloo Record, October 4, 2007

    Election is McGuinty's to lose

    "But Tory stumbled out of the gate with the ill-fated, public funding for
faith-based schools idea. What was he thinking? Was it about harvesting the
social conservative, religious right vote? If, so it was a bitter harvest...
Instead, Tory has raised concerns in the minds of voters about his own
leadership judgment..."

    -   Phil McNichol, Owen Sound Sun Times, October 4, 2007

    Tory takes his lumps, intends to stay on

    "The debacle has revived memories of Mr. Tory's role in the controversial
ads about Jean Chrétien that killed Kim Campbell's re-election chances in 1993
and provoked criticisms (even from Conservatives) that he doesn't have a grip
on the dark art of politics."

    -   Murray Campbell, The Globe and Mail, October 4, 2007

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