Tory's see-through political opportunism

    TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - After repeatedly promising to take the
high-road, John Tory has spent the first week of the campaign running the most
negative campaign Ontarians have ever seen.
    Whether it's calling his opponents liars, hypocrites, or worse, running
down teachers or universities, or airing depressingly negative ads, Tory has
gone negative at every chance.
    And now, he's accusing Ontario Liberals of political opportunism for
wanting to support public schools.

    Really? Let's see what Ontarians across the province are saying about
John Tory's scheme to take $500 million out of public schools:

    -  "His proposal, aimed at gaining incremental votes in marginal ridings,
       is an exercise in cynicism. It is not favourable for the progressive
       integration of our society." (Tom Kierans, Chair, Social Sciences and
       Humanities Council of Canada, Globe and Mail, September 12, 2007)

    -  "John Tory's plan is a desperate attempt to attract votes to the
       detriment of our democratic principles." (Peter Sinclair,,
       August 23, 2007)

    -  "This is such a blatant attempt by the Tories to play to the ethnic
       and religious vote." (Susan Cain,, August 23, 2007)

    -  "Either Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory is pandering
       to faith-based groups, or he and/or his advisers underestimate the
       intelligence of the public to recall that a study was done and that
       this political ploy of doing studies is simply a delay tactic. Or
       could it be that someone didn't do their research?" (Mohamed Haniff,
       Toronto Star, August 6, 2007)

    -  "His supporters don't know whether his stand is a cynical appeal to
       the ethnic vote (meaning, he's not all that principled) or whether he
       had no idea it would be such a hornet's nest (meaning, he's not all
       that smart)." (Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail, September 11, 2007)

    -  "Aside from societal divisions - not to mention Mr. Tory's shameless
       opportunism...Mr. Tory's plan would exacerbate an already dodgy
       situation." (Andrew Milner, Globe and Mail, July 26, 2007)

    -  "This is nothing more than a naked, shameless ploy to garner minority
       votes." (Jack Foote, Cobourg Daily Star, July 31, 2007)

    The truth is, only one leader has taken a stand on principle and not on
blatant political opportunism. Only one party has a leader that is willing to
do the job of the Premier of Ontario and do what is right for all Ontarians.

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

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