TORONTO, September 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Campaign Life Coalition is calling on the social conservatives in Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party to push the Party to dump Patrick Brown as leader.
The pro-life and pro-family lobby group cites Brown’s betrayal of his promise to CLC during his leadership run that he would “repeal” the sex-ed curriculum as evidence that the 37-year-old MPP for Simcoe-North is untrustworthy.
The Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington published an April 2015 email exchange between Brown and CLC political strategist Jack Fonseca in which Brown declared of the sex-ed curriculum: “I will repeal it!”
In the ensuing media storm over the released CLC email — particularly over the fact that it contradicts Brown’s contention last week that he never intended to repeal the controversial curriculum — Brown took to Facebook on Monday night to state that his opposition to the Liberal government’s sex-ed “was mistaken.”
His views on that, and other issues, have “evolved,” Brown wrote. “Time and the evidence of my own eyes tells me that I was mistaken. Concerns were exaggerated and have not borne out.”
While “I deplore the absence of consultation with parents, I strongly support the updated sex-ed curriculum,” he stated.
“If the price to be paid is that my political opponents will say I’ve ‘flip-flopped,’ so be it. If you want a rigid ideologue as premier, vote for someone else.”
“I’m sorry that Mr. Fonseca and members of his group are upset.”
For his part, CLC’s Fonseca says Brown has betrayed social conservatives.
“The party needs to begin the process right now of replacing him with someone who is a real conservative and someone who will stand up for parental rights,” Fonseca told the National Post, adding that opposing the sex-ed curriculum is a “winning issue” for conservatives and that the PC Party should begin a leadership review.
Brown is “a politician who doesn't stand for much at all — it’s whatever the political winds lead him to believe will bring him more power or help him maintain power,” Fonseca told CBC. “I think he's an amateur. I think he doesn't know what the heck he’s doing.”
In the email exchange that took place about three weeks before his election as PC leader on May 9, 2015, Brown assured Fonseca that “I will repeal it! That’s what I say everywhere,” in response to Fonseca’s question about the controversial curriculum that Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government was set to implement in publicly funded schools in the fall of 2015.
The exchange is significant in light of Brown’s disavowal of an August 24 letter bearing his signature that was circulated in English and Chinese in the recent Scarborough Rouge River by-election that also stated he would “scrap” the sex-ed curriculum.
When that letter came to light, Brown said he was “livid” and that the views in the letter were not his, but emails from his chief of staff obtained by Canadian Press seem to indicate Brown was aware of the letter, reported the CBC.
Indeed, Fonseca told CBC that he has “no doubt” that Brown knew about the letter.
CLC vice president Jeff Gunnarson told LifeSiteNews that social conservatives, including CLC members, are an estimated 40 percent of the PC Party’s base and that they voted for Brown as PC leader, based in part on his assurance that he would repeal the sex-ed curriculum.
“A man that ‘evolves’ from one position to another and back again can’t be trusted,” Gunnarson said.
Opponents to the Liberal government’s sex-ed curriculum are concerned that it violates children’s innocence by introducing sexual topics at inappropriate ages and disregards parents’ rights as first educators of their children.
The Liberal sex-ed curriculum introduces students to the names of genitalia in Grade 1, homosexuality in Grade 3, masturbation in Grade 6, oral and anal sex in Grade 7, and teaches that there are six genders rather than two biological sexes.
A rally to protest the sex-ed curriculum was held today at Queen’s Park.