Tuesday, September 18, 2007

John Tory can impose his private religious school funding scheme on Ontario under First-Past-The-Post

We're pleased that the majority of Ontarians seem to oppose John Tory's ill-advised scheme to divert $500 million per year from public education to private religious schools.

Depending on which polls you believe, opposition runs from 44% to as high as 70%.

The issue continues to dominate the Ontario election campaign.

However, there is still an inherent danger that Tory's bad policy could be imposed on Ontario even though the majority of voters oppose it, thanks to our current voting system.

Voters will decide how to vote in this election based on various issues: education, health care, leadership, the environment, taxes, electoral reform, etc.
While currently trailing in the polls (and we hope he stays there), it's not inconceivable that John Tory's Conservatives could theoretically still win a majority government with as little as 40% support, perhaps even lower.

Tory could then claim he's won a "mandate" to divert $500 million per year out of public education and into private religious schools, even though the majority of Ontario voters oppose his scheme.

Such is how First-Past-The-Post continues to distort voters' wishes on election day.

And this is another reason why Ontario voters should vote for the Citizens' Assembly's proposed Mixed Member Proportional system.

Of course, were Tory to win a majority in this election under First-Past-The-Post, we'd be stuck with his bad policies for at least one phony majority term. But MMP would limit the power of Conservatives (or any party) from imposing their will on a majority of voters who didn't support them in the future (assuming of course that a Tory majority wouldn't simply ignore the expressed wishes of voters in this referendum and change the law to keep our current antiquated system.)

This is probably why John Tory continues to attack the Citizens' Assembly's proposal.

Today, again, he lied about Mixed Member Proportional in the Toronto Star, calling province-wide Members of Provincial Parliament under the proposal "in fact, appointed."

Again, this is a false statement from John Tory. Under the proposed system, voters will elect list members when they vote for a political party on their ballot. It's unfortunate that the Toronto Star and reporter Kerry Gillespie seem all too happy to print Tory's lies on electoral reform.

Of course, Tory probably understands the definition of "fact" about as well as he understands the definition of "theory", as he demonstrated earlier this month with his musings about the "theory of evolution" versus the "theory of creationism."


BEAJ said...

I can't vote for Tory though I've voted Con last 16 years. I will vote for McGuinty, but McGuinty is equally disturbing (the way you portray it) because he won't let us vote on whether we should stop funding Catholic schools, especially if the 71% number is true.

jvkc said...

Your logic is flawed. Because a person doesn't support a specific policy does not mean that they wouldn't vote for a candidate espousing that policy.

This comparison doesn't work. All it does is try to scare people into voting for MMP - which I'll be doing in spite of all of you ham-fisted efforts.