From This Morning's Natty Post:
OTTAWA • John Tory's promise to fund faith-based schools is so unpopular with voters that the Ontario Conservative leader is facing defeat in his own riding.
And, amid buzz that his party is getting ready to suddenly drop that plank from its platform, Mr. Tory has ordered every Conservative candidate in the province to take part in a conference call at 10 a.m. today.
From The Ottawa Citizen, June 9th:
"I think there are some things on which you have to stand on principle and in this case the principle is fairness to people from other faiths," the former cable executive and corporate lawyer said. "I think what we want to do is replicate the experience of the Catholic schools."
Well, at least Dalton waited until he got into office before he started breaking promises.
Of course, this is all rank desperation on Tory's part. For example, he's getting his ass kicked by old C4LDer Kathleen Wynne in his own riding--down fifteen per cent, according to the Post. But I doubt such a massive flip-flop will help at this stage. If John Tory is already a promise breaker, and other than the school funding issue his platform is pretty similar to McGuinty's, why change governments?
I suppose the good news is that John Tory will be free to run as Mayor of Toronto again.