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FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (LifeSiteNews) – The Premier of New Brunswick says parents have the right to be informed if their children want to “change” genders at school.  

On May 17, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs defended a recent decision to review Policy 713, the province’s public school Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity policy, arguing that the current policy denies parents their rightful knowledge if their child wants to change genders.  

“For [a wish to be identified with the opposite sex] purposefully to be hidden from the parents, that’s a problem,” Higgs told reporters, as Policy 713 currently requires children give consent for their parents to be informed if they decide to change their gender at school.  

“To suggest that it’s okay that parents don’t need to know — just stop and think about that question for a moment,” he added.

The current policy states, “Transgender or non-binary students under the age of 16 will require parental consent in order for their preferred first name to be officially used for recordkeeping purposes and daily management (EECD, school district, and school software applications, report cards, class lists, etc.).”  

However, the policy promises that “before contacting a parent, the principal must have the informed consent from the student to discuss their preferred name with the parent.” 

“If it is not possible to obtain parental consent for the use of the preferred first name, a plan will be put in place to support the student in managing the use of the preferred name in the learning environment,” it continues.  

Higgs also condemned drag shows for young children.  

“Are we asking: Should kids in elementary school and kindergarten be exposed to drag queen reading time? Is that what you’re asking? Because, no, I don’t think they should be at that age.”  

“We’re teaching kids to develop and grow, and they need to be making decisions as they get older and they get wiser,” he continued. “Are we trying to teach tolerance and acceptance, or are we trying to teach promotion?” 

Higgs came under fire from LGBT activists recently when the province decided to review the 2020 Policy 713. The Policy’s purported aim is to “create a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and affirming school environment for all students, families, and allies who identify or are perceived as LGBTQI2S+.” 

Regarding the Policy, Education Minister Bill Hogan revealed his office has received “hundreds, at least” of complaints from concerned parents. He further stated that New Brunswick is not the only province “engaged in this conversation.”  

Hogan too questioned “the age appropriateness of what is taught in the classroom when it comes to sexual education.”  

“We want to have a conversation with New Brunswickers so we can hear their views, address misconceptions and concerns, and provide the very best educational environment for all our students,” he said. 

According to a recent poll, the majority of Canadians believe that schools have an obligation to notify parents if their children desire to “change” sex. Fifty-seven percent believe schools ought to inform parents while only 18% believe schools should not be required to inform parents.  

Schools continue to be a battleground for the LGBT anti-family agenda. Earlier this month, some schools in Manitoba decided to cancel Mother’s Day, arguing that it was not “inclusive,” and a Toronto school was asked to remove a sign celebrating mothers’ role in children’s lives.

However, concerned parents and students are resisting LBGT propaganda. They include a group of young Canadians who protested a school sponsored drag queen event in front of York Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto last month.