Justin Trudeau at secondary school: Catholic opposition to gay-straight alliances ‘repulsive’
OTTAWA, June 25, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Liberal MP and potential leadership contender Justin Trudeau visited students at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School last week, where he responded to a student’s question about “the Catholic backlash against provincial anti-bullying legislation,” stating that Catholic opposition to gay-straight alliances was “repulsive.”
The Ontario bishops had opposed the legislation because it requires schools to allow gay-straight alliance clubs, which are closely tied to the homosexualist movement.
“There’s not a religion in the world that says ‘tolerate thy neighbour.’ No, they say ‘love thy neighbour.’ Acceptance, respect, building friendships, being open to each other, that’s what we have to build on in Canada,” Trudeau said, according to emckanata.ca.
Trudeau, the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, said the suicide of 15-year-old A.Y. Jackson student Jamie Hubley last October prompted him to accept the invitation to speak about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the grade 12 students.
“A.Y. Jackson went through a terrible tragedy a number of months of go, and that was one of the impetuses to get someone in to talk about how we connect with each other, how we build strong communities, how we resist bullying and harassment. That was part of it,” Trudeau said.
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Jamie Hubley was openly homosexual. The media widely suggested in its coverage that Hubley committed suicide primarily due to “homophobic bullying,” while his father, Ottawa city councilor Allan Hubley, has said his son struggled with depression for years, and was the target of bullying because he was a figure skater.
Allan Hubley had testified to Ontario’s Legislative Assembly before the passage of Bill 13, the anti-bullying bill, that he believed the homosexuality-focused legislation would not only have failed to protect his son, but by giving him a label it would have made him more of a target for discrimination.
“From what I read of studies of bullies, they look for what makes you separate from others. They look for something that—you’re different. It could be the clothes you wear; it could be anything,” said Allan Hubley before the Standing Committee on Social Policy on May 22.
He argued that legislating that each club be given a specific name such as Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) would be to deal with “the issue of bullying in a way that is sure to fail.”
“Jamie was the only openly gay person in his school of over 1,000 students,” the father said. “A GSA with one member, or even a few, would only have made him more of a target.”
The father also questioned the wisdom of encouraging young teens to self-identify as gay. “How many people publicly announce their sexuality before they are out of school and established in their lives? Why, then, would we be considering forcing them to do so at an age when they already have so many pressures to manage?”
Hubley said he would like to see a bill that protects every child from bullying, not just a select group.
Justin Trudeau caused a stir earlier this year when he suggested to a Radio-Canada talk show host that he would support Quebec’s separation from Canada if Stephen Harper’s government moved to restrict abortion or same-sex “marriage.”
“I always say, if at a certain point, I believe that Canada was really the Canada of Stephen Harper – that we were going against abortion, and we were going against gay marriage, and we were going backwards in 10,000 different ways – maybe I would think about wanting to make Quebec a country,” said Trudeau.
Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition, said Trudeau’s promotion of the provincial Liberal government’s homosexuality-focused anti-bullying legislation to high school students is an “appalling” political move to garner support for his bid for leadership in the federal Liberal party.
“It’s appalling that a politician goes into a school and, using comments about tolerance and acceptance, begins lobbying to rally young people to support him in a run for the leadership,” Hughes told LifeSiteNews.
Referring to the record of anti-life and anti-family policies brought about by the federal Liberal Party, Hughes warned that, “Hopefully Canadians have a long sense of history to remember what has happened before.”