TORONTO, June 24, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The former Ontario Education Minister who oversaw the passage of Bill 13, the Liberal government’s “anti-bullying” bill that forces homosexual clubs on the province’s schools, has resigned from the legislature.
Laurel Broten, 46, who was demoted from the prestigious education file by Premier Kathleen Wynne in February and became Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, will move to Halifax with her husband and twin sons before the school year starts in September.
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Beyond her role in imposing homosexual activism on the Catholic schools, Broten shocked the pro-life community in October when she declared that the “anti-bullying” bill would be used to ban pro-life teaching in the Catholic schools.
“Bill 13 has in it a clear indication of ensuring that our schools are safe, accepting places for all our students,” she told a press conference. “Bill 13 is about tackling misogyny, taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take.”
“We do not allow and we’re very clear with the passage of Bill 13 that Catholic teachings cannot be taught in our schools that violates human rights and which brings a lack of acceptance to participation in schools,” she added.
So far there has been no indication that the government has acted on Broten’s threat to ban Catholic teaching on abortion, but the Liberal government has never backed away from the comments.
The new Education Minister, Liz Sandals, failed to respond to LifeSiteNews.com when asked if she stood by Broten’s position.
Premier Kathleen Wynne, who served as Education Minister from 2006 to 2010, was behind the province's “equity and inclusive education strategy,” which ultimately led to Bill 13.
Broten, who is a lawyer, has served for the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore since 2003. Her demotion had been linked to a strained relationship with the province’s teachers’ unions.