John Tory ran into more trouble over his promise to extend taxpayer funding to religious schools today when one of his Progressive Conservative MPPs broke ranks and said he'd vote against the plan.
Bill Murdoch, the member for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, became the first Tory MPP to say he could not support the controversial promise. Others, including veteran MPP Bob Runciman in eastern Ontario, have so far said the pledge has not been popular with voters in their ridings.
Tory dismissed Murdoch's opposition after a rally in Guelph.
"When you look up maverick in the dictionary, you find his picture there in colour," Tory told reporters.
Anyone who possesses any understanding of nuance and political tact doesn't react by slagging one of your own candidates. "It's an issue that brings out passion in people, not everyone is going to agree". "I regret that he feels that way, but I am committed to this policy, because it is the best way to move forward". "A leader makes tough decisions, that doesn't bring univeral acceptance" Blah, blah, blah. Instead, Tory reacts like a thin skinned adolescent and ensures more controversy. When you look up "low road" in the dictionary, you find Tory's picture there in black and white.