Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 18, 2007 11:04 ET

REALITY CHECK: McGuinty's "Defining Issue" Defines Liberals as Hypocrites. It's Time to Debate Real Differences.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2007) - Dalton McGuinty is telling Ontarians that "The defining issue in this election campaign is whether public money should be diverted from public education to private schools."

Just so we are clear: The defining issue for McGuinty isn't making life more affordable for everyday families. It isn't cleaning the air we breathe and water we drink. It isn't increasing quality and access education and training. It isn't making sure kids with autism get the support they need.

No. Dalton McGuinty doesn't want to talk about those things. He so badly wants to duck his record that he's willing to expose his own and his MPP's hypocrisy by suggesting that funding of faith-based schools is the "defining issue".

Some defining moments:

"I have no ideological opposition to ensuring public funds support Jewish day schools." - Dalton McGuinty, a December 3, 1998 statement quoted in the Canadian Jewish News, June 7, 2001

"I've always supported full funding for faith-based schools... I don't think anyone accepts the argument that Catholic schools should be funded and the others not." - McGuinty Liberal Monte Kwinter, Now Magazine, May 5, 2001

"When asked by a Jewish constituent where he stood on the motion, Racco e-mailed back, 'I do not understand why Peter Fonseca would introduce such a resolution (opposing funds for private schools), but it got the result it deserved'." - McGuinty Liberal Mario Racco, Guelph Mercury, May 2, 2007

"(Michael Bryant) said he supports equity in education, including funding for religious schools. Bryant, however, said the 'preferable way to achieve that equity is not through tax or tuition credits, but rather . . . through bringing all denominational schools into the public system'." - McGuinty Liberal Michael Bryant, Northern Daily News, May 16, 2001

"It is my hope, Arend, that at some time in the future, we'll be able to address this fact that we're already funding one denomination school system in Ontario." - Dalton McGuinty, Ancaster News, March 27, 2002

Ordinary Ontarians deserve leadership and honesty on the issues, not more double talk from McGuinty. It's time to debate the real issues. It's time to put working families first.

Hy-poc-ri-sy: 1: a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not;
2: Dalton McGuinty

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