In How Bill Davis Came To See The Light (Focus - Sept. 8), George Hutchison accepts the accounts of both former Ontario premier William Davis and the late Emmett Cardinal Carter on the sequence of events leading up to the full funding of Catholic schools in Ontario.
In my 1985 biography, Bill Davis, I reported that Mr. Davis yielded to pressure when Cardinal Carter threatened to actively campaign against the Tories if he didn't live up to an earlier private promise to extend funding. A senior insider who attended the May, 1984 strategy session of Mr. Davis's inner circle revealed the story to me. I confirmed that version with several ministers and aides before publishing it in my book. Cardinal Carter, in his quest for funding, became so active in partisan Tory fundraising at the time that several Liberal MPPs, some NDP members and even some church leaders publicly complained.
At least the Cardinal was doing what he thought was right for his charges. As the 1985 election results clearly show, Mr. Davis's actions played a major role in ending the Tories' 43-year reign.
In 1971, when he opposed Liberal support for full funding, Mr. Davis said it would "fragment the present system beyond recognition and repair ... To embark upon such a policy could not be, in reason or justice, limited to some faiths and denied to others."
Which is what Mr. Davis ended up doing and what Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty wants to continue.