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September 26, 2007 09:07 ET

In Case You Missed It: McGuinty Minister Calls McGuinty Position "Hypocritical"

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2007) - Today's North York Mirror quotes McGuinty Cabinet Minister Monte Kwinter on faith-based school funding, "Certainly I would be a hypocrite to say that suddenly I don't think it's something that should be done."

"Faith-based school funding and the future of Branson hospital appear to be the top issues in York Centre, where four candidates are challenging longtime Liberal MPP Monte Kwinter. Progressive Conservative Igor Toutchinski, who placed second in a bid for councillor in the 2006 municipal election, said he "completely" supports his party's plan to extend funding to non-Catholic religious schools, a proposal that is popular in the riding's large Jewish community. "This is an issue of fairness. Everybody is supposed to have an equal access to education," he said. Premier Dalton McGuinty has actively campaigned against the plan. "The government's position is that public funds should go to public schools," said Kwinter, the current minister of community safety and correctional services. However, Kwinter was the only member of the Liberal caucus to vote with the last conservative government for a tax credit for faith-based schools. "Constituents in my riding supported it, and I'm their representative so I supported it," he said. "Certainly I would be a hypocrite to say that suddenly I don't think it's something that should be done." Kwinter noted he has six grandchildren in faith-based schools."



Faith-based education and health care big issues in York Centre
Metroland - Toronto Division
Tue 25 Sep 2007
Page: 01
Section: North York Mirror - News
Column: 1

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