NewsWed Feb 14, 2018 - 10:45 am EST
Mom of 4 and sex-ed foe officially enters Ontario PC Party race with ‘overwhelming’ support
TORONTO, February 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Tanya Granic Allen has officially entered the leadership race for Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party, she announced Wednesday.
"Yesterday afternoon I submitted all my paperwork and the $25,000 initial fee deposit to the PC Party headquarters. I also was required to submit 100 signatures from at least 10 different ridings. Thanks to your hard work, I submitted about 300 signatures, from dozens of ridings in Ontario," she told supporters in an email this morning.
The pro-life 37-year-old mother of four and president of parents rights’ group Parents As First Educators (PAFE) says she entered the race to represent grassroots conservatives who have been disenfranchised under former leader Patrick Brown.
“I’m running because I want to be a strong voice for people who have been shut out by this process,” she told CP24 last Thursday. “And that includes opponents of Kathleen Wynne’s sex-ed curriculum, pro-lifers, free-speech advocates and social conservatives. They need a voice, and I’m here to be that voice."
Brown resigned January 25 amid allegations of sexual misconduct, 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 is "over halfway there" to raising the $100,000 entry fee required by February 16, she told LifeSiteNews.
"If you can chip in towards my $100,000 entrance fee, click here," she wrote in a letter to supporters announcing her official entry. "Every dollar counts, especially as I will have to start raising money for the campaign itself once we cross the registration fee hurdle.
“We’ve received hundreds of signatures from all over the province. The support has been overwhelming and positive,” Granic Allen said. “I’m grateful to all the Ontarians who recognize that these issues are important and have to be part of the public debate.”
Granic Allen urged more people to sign up to vote in the PC leadership contest before the Friday deadline. Those interested in becoming a voting member of the PC Party can sign-up here.
“Don’t hesitate, don’t wait, get a membership,” Granic Allen said.
She is the fourth person to enter the race. The other contenders are Doug Ford, Christine Elliott and Caroline Mulroney.
Granic Allen articulated her position with clarity and poise in an interview last Thursday with CP24’s George Lagogianes. See the whole video here.
As president of PAFE, she’s been at the forefront of opposing the radical sex-ed curriculum the Wynne Liberal government rolled out in all Ontario’s publicly funded schools September 2015, despite massive parental backlash.
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.
“I think Kathleen Wynne has continually disrespected the parents of Ontario by ramming this very dangerous curriculum in our classrooms,” Granic Allen told CP24.
“I mean, children should really not be learning masturbation in a Grade 6 classroom…Gender theory introduced to Grade 3’s? I can’t even grasp that concept, I don’t know how a child who’s seven years old can,” she said.
“So I think we need to scale it back, give parents back the power, and give families in Ontario the power and Kathleen Wynne needs to back off.”
Lagogianes said most children learn about sex on the playground, then “take it back to home or school to expand on it. Isn’t that your experience?” he asked.
“I don’t remember the last time I heard a conversation about anal sex happening in the playground. If you could share one with me, great, because I don’t know,” responded Granic Allen.
“But what I do know is that’s being discussed in our classroom and most parents in Ontario have a problem with that.”
When it came to sex education, former leader Brown “committed to scrapping it and then infamously flip-flopped. Parents are upset, grassroots conservatives are upset about that flip-flop. There isn’t a conservative, I think, who isn’t,” Granic Allen said.
“So we need to move on past that, and reactivate our grassroots conservative and those include those parents who are ready and able.”
Campaign Life Coalition is endorsing Granic Allen and is urging Ontarians to buy PC Party memberships before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 16, to be eligible to vote in the leadership race.
PC memberships can be purchased here.
Those wishing to donate to Granic Allen’s leadership bid can do so here.