He's bringing stupid back (yaaa)
Ok, I just wanted to do that.
Seriously though John Tory and Tories in general must hate education because after a very tumultuous last decade that compromised my personal elementary and high school experience, they are once again advocating non sensical reforms to the Ontario school system.
What John Tory wants is for private religious school to receive public funds. His argument is to give the same treatment to other religious minorities as Catholic schools get. On the surface that seems like a good idea, but it really makes no sense to publicly fund religious schools. It would just create a segregated environment in which children won't really grasp the concept of the real world. By all means, it's a personal choice to attend a private school, but public funds shouldn't fund this personal choice and personal beliefs.
Changing the funding for Catholic schools currently doesn't make any sense. For quite a while now it's been done that way. Usually that's a really bad argument, but in this case it makes sense. Catholic schools are a significant part of the education infrastructure, and changing that should not be a priority given the recent history of disruption in our school system. There is a time and place for everything, and this is not the time. You can make the comparsion to official languages: English and French were chosen as the official languages in a different time with a different tone. Currently there are many languages spoken in Canada, but it wouldn't make much sense to add all of those as official languages even though many of them are spoken en masse. This is the same situation for funding religious schools.
I see this ploy by John Tory as an illadvised strategy. He's trying to attack McGuinty at what is arguably his most significance outperformance of the previous government: there is relative harmony for school kids, and I guess the tories hate that? This kind of cheap trick to try and get minority votes is stupid, and if that's the kind of divisive clash of civilizations strategy Tory wants to run on, I'd urge McGuinty and Kinsella to take him to school.