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TORONTO (LifeSiteNews) – A children’s festival taking place this weekend in Toronto is slated to feature drag queens reading to children and a “queer songbook orchestra” concert for kids.  

Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre is hosting a “multidisciplinary festival for children” this weekend called “JUNIOR,” funded in part by taxpayer dollars through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. The festival, which is marketed to kids “ages 4–14,” features a “Storytime” event in which men dressed in drag read to children and a “queer” concert that promotes “the 2SLGBTQ+ community.” 

According to a description of “Storytime,” “Drag performers Fay Slift and Fluffy Soufflé” will read “culturally diverse books” and play music while “encouraging everyone to see our differences as beautiful.”

In a description of the “Queer Songbook Orchestra Kids” event, “artists from the 2SLGBTQ+ community” weave together story and song as an “interactive exploration of identity and acceptance, intended to nurture understanding and inspire discussion and expression to support of how we feel inside.” 

While the event has not been heavily publicized, one reader told LifeSiteNews that it was “extremely shocking and disappointing” to come across an advertisement that “features a drag queen with a beard” in an event marketed towards children.  

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Campaign Life Coalition’s Political Operations Director Jack Fonseca similarly expressed his concern with the event, while also admonishing the Progressive Conservative Party and Premier Doug Ford for allowing such a “festival” to receive funding from taxpayers.  

“Parents need to keep their children away from this event to protect youngsters from spiritual and psychological harm,” Fonseca said in a statement to LifeSiteNews, adding that there is “nothing ‘family friendly’ about drag queens reading sexualized stories about homosexuality and transvestites to four-year-old children.” 

“Knowing that the Doug Ford PC’s are funding this evil with our tax dollars is one more proof that Doug Ford has abandoned conservative voters. He has betrayed the family-friendly, conservative principles that got him elected first as PC Leader when he ran on repealing the Liberal sex-ed program, and then again as Premier of Ontario, on that same promise, along with eliminating ‘Gender Identity Theory’ from our schools. Instead, his government is promoting this twisted ideology and forcing taxpayers – we the suckers who believed his promises – to pay for it with our hard-earned money,” hammered Fonseca.  

In light of Ford’s passive acceptance of anti-family policies, as well as his implementation of mask mandates, vaccine passports, and lockdowns during the COVID era, many social conservatives in Ontario are turning their support away from the PCs in the upcoming provincial election on June 2.

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Is the Conservative Party of Canada giving pro-life candidates the cold shoulder in this year's leadership race?

That's what many Canadians have been left to wonder after the CPC recently announced that two conservative, pro-life candidates, Grant Abraham and Joseph Bourgault, would not be eligible to have their names officially placed on the ballot for party leader, even after seemingly meeting all requirements to do so.

Could this be a case of the CPC establishment arbitrarily picking winners and losers in the ongoing leadership election? And, if so, are true conservatives like Abraham and Bourgault the ones being unfairly targeted?

We must ask ourselves -- and the CPC -- these questions.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition calling on the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC) of the Conservative Party to immediately reinstate Grant Abraham and Joseph Borgault onto the ballot for party leader in this year's election immediately.

While Grant Abraham, an attorney from British Columbia and Joseph Bourgault, a businessman from Saskatchewan, may not be as well-known as some of their opponents running for Conservative Party Leader, they still managed, with hard work, determination, and grassroots support, to meet all of the stated requirements for their names to be faithfully added to the official CPC leadership ballot for this year's election on September 10th.

According to the CPC, these requirements are for candidates to raise $300,000 and obtain 500 petition signatures -- both of which Abraham and Bourgault actually achieved.

Abraham actually had raised $300,000 for the entry fee, in addition to submitting 598 petition signatures, and, likewise, Bourgault raised nearly $400,000, and submitted over 1,000 petition signatures.

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Yet even so, the CPC confirmed to the candidates late last weekend that neither had made the final cut because they added a 15% "administration fee" in addition to the $300,000 -- making the actual total they would have needed to raise closer to $350,000 (which, remarkably, still wouldn't explain why at least Bourgault was denied access to the ballot).

Abraham has gone on record declaring that this was false advertising by the party, and that the additional administration fee was never actually communicated to them by the CPC prior to their rejection.

Only four pro-life candidates entered the race for CPC leader this year, and two of them were Abraham and Bourgault.

A third, MP Marc Dalton, failed to meet the fundraising requirements set forth by the party, and a fourth, former leadership candidate and current MP Leslyn Lewis, made it onto the ballot.

So, is the CPC squeezing out conservative, pro-life candidates wherever possible? Are they breaking their own rules to suit the party's establishment, instead of the Canadian people?

It seems that fake conservatives in the CPC establishment are guilty of the same corrupt, power-hungry tendencies they often criticize Liberals for embracing.

Conservatives must demand justice: SIGN and SHARE this petition demanding that members of the Conservative Party's LEOC take immediate action to reinstate Abraham and Bourgault onto the official ballot for CPC Leader.

Both Abraham and Bourgault intend to appeal this grossly unethical and ideologically-discriminatory decision themselves, but they also need support from Canadians like YOU to get the message across!

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'Two pro-life candidates for Conservative Party leadership were disqualified despite raising enough money' (LifeSiteNews)

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Two new pro-life and pro-family parties, the New Blue Party and the Ontario Party, have emerged on the scene and are widely considered to be viable options for those feeling betrayed by the mainstream Progressive Conservative Party under Ford.

Speaking about this phenomenon to LifeSiteNews, Fonseca urges “conservative voters in Ontario not to vote for any of the pro-abortion, anti-family Progressive Conservative candidates just because you fear the NDP and Liberals are even worse.


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