Comment 12305

By adrian (registered) | Posted October 02, 2007 at 09:27:17

Tory has now flip-flopped on the issue.

Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory saw the light on his faith-based school funding scheme – and it was a runaway train headed straight for him.

Faced with mutinous Conservative candidates and polls suggesting the policy would cost the party the Oct. 10 election, Tory yesterday announced a compromise that could undermine his $400 million plan to extend funding to Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Sikh, Hindu and other religious schools.

In a desperate bid to salvage a campaign in which the Conservatives trail the Liberals by up to 10 points – even though polls show voters prefer Tory to Premier Dalton McGuinty – he promised to put the policy to a free vote in the Legislature if he becomes premier.

Given that it's apparent his plan has no broad-based public support and so would never pass a free vote, this is a complete reversal.

I'm supportive of people who change their minds, although I think it's better when they do so as a result of new information, as opposed to polling results. In this case, however, I think the pejorative term "flip-flopper" is fair, given all of the Conservative attacks on McGuinty for changing his mind.

At least one thing has come out of all of this: there's no way that public funding for private religious education is going to happen any time soon.

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