Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

October 06, 2007 16:10 ET

McGuinty Continues to Duck Issues to Focus on Faith-Based Schools

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2007) - Over three weeks after predicting that "the public debate will likely turn to other issues in the weeks leading up to the Oct. 10 vote" Dalton McGuinty steered it back to his faith based funding hobby-horse today.

In Markham today for the 25th day in this campaign, McGuinty stuck to his tired script of vilifying failed opposition leader John Tory in order to avoid talking about other issues - like skyrocketing property taxes, McGuinty's regressive $450 health tax, increasing tuition fees, and the $10 minimum wage.

McGunity's red-herring campaign has been criticized by observers for its cynicism:

"Other issues - including health care, the environment and the economy - were given comparatively short shrift by the premier on the first formal day of the provincial election campaign." - Ian Urquhart, Toronto Star, 11 September 2007

"The faith-based funding issue has become the elephant that's crowding the room and creating a situation where not very many other issues are getting a lot of oxygen just yet, "Anderson said. "We should take it as read that voters will want to see more from the party leaders and the parties on those issues." - Harris-Decima president Bruce Anderson, Canadian Press, 19 September 2007

"The faith-based school issue has really been the voter chatter for the election," he told me yesterday. "It hasn't been about the Liberal track record. It hasn't been about what the NDP is proposing. It's about the controversy related to John Tory's plan for funding faith-based schools and the policy related to that." - Christina Blizzard, Toronto Sun, 3 October 2007

"The provincial election campaign has been a great disappointment. The campaign has not focused on new ideas and policy initiatives. There has been little debate about the stressed economy or high taxes, and almost no discussion of issues like leadership and credibility. There's been no proper accounting of the Dalton McGuinty government's mixed record. Instead, the past four weeks have been dominated by Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory's controversial plan to fully fund religious schools." - Editorial, Windsor Star, 6 October 2007

Working families won't be fooled into giving Dalton McGuinty a blank cheque to break more promises.

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