A free vote on faith-based school funding
October 1, 2007 | 01:42 PM
PC Leader John Tory has softened his stance on faith-based schools, announcing Monday that if elected on Oct. 10 he would hold a free vote on the issue.
Religious school funding has been one of the hottest issues this election, due to Tory's pre-election promise to extend funding to all faith-based schools that follow provincial curriculum. In the current system, funding is only provided to the public and Catholic school systems.
The $400-million plan spurred controversy and debate on the campaign trail, along with a divide in the party. Two candidates have already broken rank and said they would vote against extending funding.
Under a free vote, candidates would not be obligated to toe the party line.
How do you feel about holding a free vote on the issue? Does this move change your views on the Conservative platform?