TORONTO, February 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-life and pro-family mother of four will take part in today’s televised debate of official candidates running for leadership of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative (PC) Party.
Tanya Granic Allen will be one of four candidates participating in the TVO debate that will be moderated by Steve Paiken and live-streamed on Twitter at 4:00 p.m. EST.
— The Agenda | TVO (@TheAgenda) February 15, 2018
The debate will also be broadcast on TVO and streamed on Facebook at 8:00 p.m., and rebroadcast 11:00 p.m.
Allen is running against Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, and Caroline Mulroney.
The mother of 4 and president of parents rights’ group Parents As First Educators (PAFE) announced last Thursday she was entering the contest to be a voice for social conservatives. She officially registered as a candidate in the race with Elections Ontario yesterday.
Her group PAFE has been at the forefront of opposition to the radical sex education curriculum that Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government rolled out in all Ontario’s publicly funded schools in 2016, despite massive parental backlash.
Pro-life-and-family organization Campaign Life Coalition is backing Granic Allen in the race.
“We’re so excited by Tanya’s candidacy. She is standing up for grassroots member of the party, that hold socially conservative beliefs,” said Campaign Life Coalition senior political strategist Jack Fonseca.
“This constituency represents at least 40 percent of the party’s base, and by my estimation, up to 70 percent, so this is not only good for social conservatives, but it’s good for the party,” he told LifeSiteNews.
Former PC leader Patrick Brown resigned January 25 amid allegations of sexual misconduct he denies, leaving the PC Party facing a leadership contest just four months before Ontario’s June 7 general election.
Party members will vote online for a new leader March 2 to 8, with the result announced March 10.
Granic Allen told supporters in an email yesterday that support has been “overwhelming and positive.”
She asked people to buy PC Party memberships and to donate to her campaign, particularly since the party requires an entrance fee of $100,000.
“Every dollar counts, especially as I will have to start raising money for the campaign itself once we cross the registration fee hurdle,” she said in her Wednesday email to supporters.
Campaign Life is also urging supporters to buy memberships to the PC Party before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 16, to be eligible to vote in the leadership race.
Memberships can be purchased here.
Campaign Life is also asking supporters to donate to Granic Allen’s campaign, here.