The head of the Ontario school boards’ association will resign today to run for the Liberals because he is so opposed to John Tory’s proposal to publicly fund religious schools.


“I can’t sit in that chair and keep quiet anymore,” Rick Johnson said. Seeking election in the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding in the October provincial election “is the best way I can speak out.”


Conservative Leader Tory has said, if elected, his party will spend up to $400 million to fund religious schools that teach the provincial curriculum.


The Liberals argue it would segregate children by religion and drain half a billion dollars out of publicly funded schools.