OTTAWA, November 12, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, a well-known supporter of same-sex “marriage” and abortion, was invited to speak at an Ottawa area Catholic elementary school recently.
Trudeau visited St. Clare Catholic School at the beginning of November to launch the school’s “anti-bullying” month, according to an Ottawa Catholic School Board news report.
A request to the Director of Education and to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ottawa Catholic School Board for comment regarding Trudeau’s appearance at the school was unanswered.
Although he describes himself – as did his father Pierre – as a Catholic in his private life, Justin is unapologetic about his public support of social issues that are opposed by the teaching of the Catholic Church.
Last year, a Catholic Conservative MP criticized a Catholic school board in his riding for inviting Justin to speak, saying that his views “are often not in any accordance with the Catholic faith.”
Dean Del Mastro, parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said last October it was “outrageous” that the Catholic school board in his Peterborough riding would give a platform to Trudeau for the second time in three years.
“Are there any tenets of the Catholic faith that Justin supports?” Del Mastro wrote on Facebook Oct. 12th ahead of Trudeau’s Oct. 13th talk.
In response, Trudeau complained that he was “surprisingly upset” that someone would question his faith.
“My own personal faith is an extremely important part of who I am and the values that I try to lead with,” he told the Canadian Press.
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However, in 2009 Trudeau openly acknowledged that his views are contrary to Catholic teaching in an interview with CBC. “As a politician I have political positions on gay marriage and on abortion that don’t at all resemble those of the Catholic Church,” he said.
Earlier this year Trudeau showcased his extremism on abortion when he indicated he would support Quebec separatism should Canada make a move to give legal protection to children in the womb.
In June Trudeau spoke at Ottawa’s A.Y. Jackson Secondary School where he responded to a student’s question about “the Catholic backlash against provincial anti-bullying legislation,” by stating that Catholic opposition to gay-straight alliances was “repulsive.”
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 homosexual bullying to the grade 12 students.
In its coverage of the tragic suicide, the mainstream media widely suggested that Hubley’s death was due to “homophobic bullying.” However, his father, Ottawa city councilor Allan Hubley, said his son struggled with depression for years, and was the target of bullying because he was a figure skater, not because he believed himself to be homosexual.
Allan Hubley testified to Ontario’s Legislative Assembly before the passage of 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.
The Ontario Ministry of Education’s website for anti-bullying month activities and resources is topped by “Stories from GLBTT Youth” where “young people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, and transgender (GLBTT) talk about the identity issues, the media, coming out, their family, their experiences in school.”
Director of Education and Secretary Treasurer, Ottawa Catholic School Board
Phone: 613-224-4455 ext 2272
Email: [email protected]
Mark D. Mullan
Chairman, Ottawa Catholic School Board of Trustees
Email: [email protected]