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Ontario Tory leader questions premier over accused child porn maker’s role in radical sex-ed program

Patrick Craine

TORONTO, July 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Ontario’s opposition leader has called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to break her silence on the child porn charges filed this week against her advisor and former staffer.

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has joined a growing chorus of parents, pundits, and civil leaders calling on the Premier to come clean on the role played by former Ontario deputy education minister Benjamin Levin in developing a radical sex ed curriculum for the province.

Hudak's comments come as Levin was charged with two more child porn offences in court Wednesday morning, for possessing child pornography and accessing child pornography, after the police raided his home Monday.

“Nothing makes your - as a dad, as a mom, as a human being - your heart freeze like hearing about somebody who's been charged with, not only having child pornography, but actually in the production of such,” Hudak told reporters, as reported by the Sun News Network. “I don't think there's a more heinous crime that we could actually think of in terms of our families.”

“What does that mean with respect to the curriculum?” he said. “Well, first of all, I think it's very important for Kathleen Wynne to tell us exactly that the government is cooperating fully with any police investigations on this very serious crime.”

In his role as Ontario’s deputy minister of education, Levin was the Ministry’s top public servant. He served from 2004 to 2009, during the time the Ministry was developing its much-criticized “equity and inclusive education” strategy and a sex-ed curriculum that was shelved by then-Premier Dalton McGuinty in 2010 because it was so controversial.

The sex-ed program, which was to begin with 6-year-olds in grade 1, introduced concepts such as “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” by grade 3, masturbation by grade 6, and anal and oral sex by grade 7.

Levin highlighted his role in developing the “equity and inclusive education” strategy in a letter dated April 6, 2009.

The strategy sparked intense controversy because of its promotion of homosexual activism in the schools. It also helped shape the development of the sex-ed program.

In the letter, sent to the province’s directors of education and principals, he says: "This province-wide strategy has been a priority for our Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne and me."

Levin, 61, was arrested early Monday morning by Toronto Police after an online, multi-jurisdictional investigation involving officials from New Zealand and London, Ontario.

He was charged with one count of making child pornography, two counts of distributing child pornography, and one count each of counselling to commit an indictable offence and agreeing or arranging a sexual offence against a child under 16.

Levin was highly respected in the education community, and served under Wynne between 2006 and 2009 when she was Ontario’s Minister of Education.

When she became premier after winning the Liberal leadership race, making her the first lesbian head of government in the country, Wynne named Levin as a member of her transition team.

Since leaving the Ministry of Education, Levin has acted as Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy for the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He has also served as an education consultant to the Ontario government, including as an expert on “equity.”

Premier Wynne’s office, the Ministry of Education, and the University of Toronto have so far declined to comment on the charges.

Contact info:

Tim Hudak, Ontario PC Leader
Phone: 416-861-0020
Toll-free: 1-800-903-6453
Email: [email protected]

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