From The Star:
John Tory spent the morning promoting his $400 million election campaign promise to introduce public funding for faith-based schools and acknowledged that under the plan, schools would be allowed teach controversial subjects such a creationism.
“They teach evolution in the Ontario curriculum but they also could teach the facts to the children that there are other theories that people have out there that are part of some Christian beliefs,” the Progressive Conservative Leader told reporters.
Not only does his plan admittedly allow the teaching of Creationism but in the second paragraph he also seems to be endorsing Creationism, at least to the point of referring to it as a theory among other scientific theories.
John Tory has just crossed the line from wrong to crazy, IMHO, and I think he has just lost any hope of winning this election or even holding Dalton McGuinty to a Minority. In fact I suspect he has lost any ability to recast the Ontario Conservatives as a "Centrist" party under his leadership. My prediction: one thumping defeat and out for John Tory.
Yo Kinsella, time to whip out your old Barney doll!
Update: A couple of people in my comments section, and at Cherniak's place, think that we are misinterpreting Tory's words. That is not impossible. However, the most logical interpretation of the quote above is that "they" teach Evolution in the curriculum but could also teach that "there are other theories" which are alternatives to Evolution. So Creationism gets promoted to the status of a theory, and these religious schools get to teach this fact--that there are theories which are alternatives to Evolution. They get to "teach the controversy", as it were. Well, this wording sounds very much like the platform of the Intelligent Design movement down in the U.S. And the ID people want both Evolution and its alternatives taught in science class; that is why they have spent so much effort trying to show that ID meets the definition of theory.