TORONTO, July 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are repealing former Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne’s controversial sex-ed curriculum by September.
Education Minister Lisa Thompson told reporters Wednesday Ontario’s schools will revert to the 1998 sex-ed curriculum, which was in place before the Liberals rolled out their reviled sex-ed program in 2015 in the face of unprecedented and massive parental backlash.
“The sex-ed component is going to be reverted back to the manner in which it was prior to the changes that were introduced by the Liberal government,” Thompson told reporters, as quoted in the Toronto Star.
Thompson said ministry staff are working to let school boards know to revert to the 1998 sex-ed curriculum by the fall, and that her ministry will move swiftly to begin broad consultations with parents on a sex-ed update, reported Canadian Press.
The news came on the first day of a rare summer session Ford’s majority government called at Queen’s Park just a month after the landslide Tory victory in the general election.
MPPs also elected PC Party Ted Arnott (Wellington-Halton Hills) as speaker. The speech from the throne to officially kick off the new session is scheduled for Thursday.
Tanya Granic Allen, president of parents’ rights group Parents As First Educators, was elated at Thompson’s announcement.
“The parents of Ontario deserve credit for this”, she told LifeSiteNews. “Since election night, we have been demanding the Wynne sex-ed be repealed by September. Thank you Minister Lisa Thompson for listening to the parents.”
Campaign Life Coalition, which launched a petition signed by almost 16,000 people to date to repeal the Wynne sex-ed by September, also welcomed the news.
“We are very happy to see the radical sex curriculum repealed,” said CLC National President Jim Hughes in a Wednesday press release. “We look forward to the genuine consultations with parents and hope that Wynne's ideological agenda will be scrapped completely.”
CLC vice president Jeff Gunnarson echoed the need for proper consultation.
“Wynne had fake consultations with one carefully selected parent representative from a mere 1638 schools answering a vague questionnaire with motherhood statements that everybody would agree with,” said Gunnarson.
“The Ford government needs to consult all the parents across Ontario who care deeply about the facts and values their children learn in their early, formative years as young kids and pre-teens,” he said. “Furthermore, that consultation should enable feedback in multiple languages, so that parents in ethnic communities, who speak Chinese, Arabic, Punjabi and others, are actually able to participate.”
“We are overjoyed by this announcement! Doug Ford has listened to the pleas of parents and kept his promise,” CLC senior political strategist Jack Fonseca told LifeSiteNews.
“Our vulnerable little children won’t have to suffer the Liberal indoctrination and programmatic sexual confusion for one more day. When our kids start school in September, the classroom will be much less dangerous, praise be to God,” he said.
“We encourage all parents and grandparents to send Doug Ford a note of thanks.”
PAFE and CLC were among the foremost critics of the Liberal sex-ed curriculum, warning it prematurely sexualizes children by introducing them to sexual concepts at too early an age.
The Wynne sex-ed curriculum introduces homosexuality and gender identity in Grade 3, masturbation in Grade 6, and oral and anal sex in Grade 7. It advises Grade 7 children to carry a condom in case they engage in sexual activity, and Grade 8 children to think up a sexual plan. It teaches there are six genders rather than the two biological sexes of male and female.
PAFE and CLC also pointed out that former deputy minister of education Ben Levin was the architect of the 2010 sex-ed curriculum, which is virtually identical to the 2015 version and which was shelved by Premier Dalton McGuinty after huge parental outcry.
Levin was convicted in 2015 of three child pornography-related offences — including counselling to commit rape, in this case, of a minor — and sentenced to three years in prison.
Fonseca says the work is far from over.
“The next step now for the parental rights and anti-child sexualization movement is to ensure that the consultation process to write a new sex ed curriculum is truly informed by the parents of Ontario,” he told LifeSiteNews.
“We need to ensure that the same left-wing radicals who helped Wynne & Levin write the repealed curriculum – groups like Planned Parenthood Toronto, OPHEA and Queer Ontario – are no longer consulted as so-called ‘sexual education experts’,” he observed.
“Planned Parenthood encourages unhealthy practices like anal ‘fisting’ and the viewing of pornography by children. OPHEA publishes radical sex ed resources like ‘The Guide to Getting it On” book. Queer Ontario advocates for the normalization of sexual bondage and group sex,” Fonseca warned.
“None of them should ever have been consulted as experts, and parents need to respectfully lobby the Minister Thompson to ensure she stays far away from these far-left activists groups,” he said.
Granic Allen also emphasized that the Tories must ensure schools give parents advance notification and opt-out.
“There must be a very clear, uniform, across-the-board advance notification of when these lessons are taught, and parents can opt out,” she told LifeSiteNews in an earlier interview.
The mother of four ran for the PC Party leadership on a platform of repealing the Wynne sex-ed curriculum and replacing it with one developed with parental consultation, and emerged as kingmaker when her supporters backed Ford as their second choice on the ranked ballot.
Ford adopted Granic Allen’s position during his campaign, promising to revert to the 1998 sex-ed curriculum, and consult with parents on an update.