If John Tory loses this election it's simply because of the dominance of the faith-based schools issue and his faux pas in mentioning creationism in the same sentence as evolution.
John has fallen into the same "trap" that has befallen other Tory leaders - he's trying to please everyone in the PC partisan camp. Someone, somewhere has said to Mr. Tory - "Hey, John. Guess what would be a great idea to campaign on? Funding faith-based public schools. You'll keep the support of the soft social conservative vote who think you're a Liberal."
What inevitably happens, though, when you run on a policy that isolates those of us who are just slightly right-of-centre, we run away. We either vote Liberal, or we stay home. We like the rest of the platform, but it's that one policy that bugs us.
Some have argued that it would be better for the Tories to stick to a "pure" fiscal conservative/social conservative model. Somebody else tried that too. Stephen Harper has done just fine without us Red Tories. He's enjoying accolades the country over, a huge lead in the polls, and will no doubt go down in history as the single greatest Prime Minister ever. At least, that was the plan, when he ditched us for his "principle over pragmatism" world tour.
I like John. I supported him for leader, and still do. Truth be told, the Progressive Conservatives are my only political home right now and they are the only chance of defeating the Liberal Party.
There is no question in my mind, that it is fair to fund all faith-based schools or fund none. There are only two parties promising fairness; the Ontario Progressive Conservatives and the Green Party of Ontario (although, I am surprised the NDP haven't picked this up).
The curriculum of those faith-based schools will be determined by the Ministry of Education.
The depth and breadth of those faith-based schools will be determined by the Public Education Fairness Implementation Commission.
These schools may hold religion classes to talk about all kinds of religious type stuff that I don't believe in.
Those are the facts.
In other words, I reject your reality and substitute my own! :)
Updated: Fixed a typo.