TORONTO, February 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Tanya Granic Allen says she will repeal the Liberal government’s “radical sex-ed curriculum” and give parents “ultimate responsibility to take care of their kids” if elected leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party and premier of Ontario.
Granic Allen faced off against three other candidates in the first PC Party leadership debate, which was sponsored by TVO’s The Agenda and hosted by Steve Paikin. Watch the entire debate below.
She is running against Doug Ford, Caroline Mulroney and Christine Elliott.
A mother of four and president of Parents As First Educators (PAFE), Granic Allen also confirmed in a scrum after the debate that she has successfully raised the $100,000 entry fee required by the party.
PAFE has been in the forefront of opposing the sex-ed curriculum which the Liberals rolled out in all the province’s publicly funded schools in 2015 despite huge parental backlash.
“I’m not against sex ed, I’m just against Kathleen Wynne’s radical sex ed,” Granic Allen said.
“I run a not-for-profit that represents over 80,000 parents in Ontario; I have yet to meet a parent who’s comfortable with anal sex in the classroom.”
Critics of the sex-ed curriculum say it prematurely sexualizes children and destroys their innocence by introducing homosexuality and “gender identity” in Grade 3, masturbation in Grade 6, and oral and anal sex in Grade 7. It teaches students there are six genders rather than two biological sexes.
Granic Allen said she would repeal the sex ed curriculum, review it line by line, and “replace with something that is age appropriate that doesn’t sexualize children and that parents are okay with.”
And finally, in her “4 R” response to the Liberal sex-ed curriculum is “we’re going to respect, respect the parents, always give them an opt out, always give them notice before these lessons are introduced and we’re going to give them ultimate responsibility to take care of their kids; they get to choose.”
Watch the candidates debate sex ed:
Ford, who was also critical of the sex-ed curriculum, says that he is hearing that “people are sick and tired of the Liberal ideology that’s being shoved down their throats” and that the Liberals did not consult parents and teachers.
“I believe in educating your kids at home first, when it comes to this,” he said. The sex-ed curriculum needs to be reviewed and changed but “I’m not going to get into the details.”
Elliott said she believed parents had not been “adequately” consulted and she had heard from parents concerned about the “age appropriateness” of certain subjects. “Maybe something children are learning in Grade 2 now they should learn in Grade 8 or 9 or 10.”
Mulroney agreed “parents were not adequately consulted on this curriculum” and that she would consult with parents going forward, but “I am not going to reopen the curriculum.”
Watch the entire debate:
Granic Allen says she entered the leadership race to be a voice for the grassroots party members —social conservatives, sex-ed opponents, and free-speech advocates — who have been disenfranchised in the party under the leadership of Patrick Brown.
Brown resigned January 25 amid allegations of sexual misconduct that he denies, leaving the PC Party facing a leadership race less than four months from the June 7 general election.
Party members will vote online for a new leader March 2 to 8, with the result announced March 10.
Campaign Life Coalition is backing Granic Allen in the race, and is urging Ontarians to sign up as members of the PC Party before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 16 to be able to vote in the leadership race. To buy a membership, go here.
Campaign Life is also asking supporters to donate to Granic Allen’s campaign, which can be done here.