The official story, according to the National Post, is that he is adding "another layer" to the Faith-Based funding issue.
Of course the Liberal war room will try to make hay with this; calling it a 'flip-flop'. In fact, they're already at it. (Boy, would I like to stick a fork in something - and it isn't the Thanksgiving turkey.)
More at the Star, Globe, Grey Canada, and Crux-of the-Matter.
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Just as a side note, I'd like to add a few thoughts here. This whole debate has become so divisive not because of money, but rather because of the elephant in the room - Islamophobia.
Religon and culture are so intrinsically entwined in many immigrant populations, that we really can't separate them.
And some cultures tend to be more self-segregated than others. Post-911 we are all nervous and suspicious of those who do not appear to want to assimilate into our culture. They are the "others". The ones who flaunt our free society and cover up with veils and seclusion.
So basically we are against FB-funding because we are afraid.
It is fear that is causing the schism. Is it justified? Only your conscience can direct you on that one.
Look deep in your heart and ask yourself if your objection is really due to money or fear. I think you'll find yourself admitting the latter.
Whichever way you vote on Oct. 10, do it with honesty, integrity and eyes wide open.
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Update: PC Candidate disagrees with Tory's school policy:
The Hamilton Spectator quotes Hamilton East-Stoney Creek candidate Tara Crugnale as saying she `can't defend the policy as it stands now.'
Crugnale says she supports the ideology of faith-based funding, but wouldn't vote for the plan because it is not understood or supported by the electorate.