The Canadian province of Ontario had an election this week, which resulted in a change of administration. The Liberals have taken over the reins of power after the Conservatives foolishly promised they would create a system of taxpayer-funded religious schools. The electorate reacted with extreme hostility to the idea, proposed by the aptly named Conservative leader John Tory.
Mr Tory tried during the election campaign to convince people that religious-based schools were a good idea. They didn’t agree and he not only lost the election for his party, but also his seat in the parliament.
This should give some hope to those British politicians who plead that it would the “electoral suicide” to oppose “faith schools”. On this reading, it would be the surest way to win an election. Indeed, according to this story, no Canadian politician would ever again take the risk of proposing that religion should have a stake in education. See here.
Come on, Gordon Brown. If you want to see your poll ranking rise – announce the abolition of “faith schools”.