January 29, 2019 (Everyday For Life Canada) – Open Letter to Doug Ford and the Conservative Government
Dear Premier Doug Ford,
During the provincial election last year you promised to withdraw the radical sex-curriculum introduced by the Wynne Liberal party in 2015. Nearly eight months after your majority election, you have not managed to do so. Sir, you have the overwhelming mandate from Ontarians.
Premier Ford, you also promised to have “a public consultation” about the issue, and that you have managed to accomplish. Ontario parents were not receptive to an explicit sex-curriculum developed in part by Benjamin Levin who was convicted of child predation on three counts. The other serious problem with the curriculum is that it contains the unscientific idea of gender theory as if it were a fact. Also it has dangerous information about anal and oral sex and it views human sexuality as a mechanical activity for fun and pleasure. It's devoid of any reference to love or marriage.
The consultation process is now over. It took 77 days. But we know that there were some serious administrative glitches. Why were the LBGTQ+ groups and the Teachers' unions notified first but parents were notified a week later? The media began reporting, about the first days of the consultation, that most submissions were in support of the curriculum. The CBC acted as the leading cheerleader by stating that most respondents supported the curriculum. How did they know? They probably hoped to sway public opinion against those who opposed the 2015 curriculum. Those rejecting it must be wrong because the new curriculum is “updated and progressive”! That this isn't true is of no concern to the CBC.
The MSM conveniently forgot that your Conservative government got a majority mandate, and a big promise of the party platform was to withdraw the Wynne sex-curriculum. But they care little about the will of the people. They have another agenda. The fact is that more than one-third of Ontario voters are conservative. As a result, their views should be reflected in public policy, education and legislation. This would be true equity and inclusion.
Another problem arose with the Town Hall sessions. I tried to participate by calling the telephone number I was given. However, I was kept on the phone for a long period of time, and by the end I never got a chance to state my ideas. I cannot help but wonder if those screening the calls made sure that some individuals never got a chance to speak.
Furthermore, people making submissions on the Online Survey didn't have to provide an address. This means that people could participate even if they didn't live in Ontario. As a result, it may have opened the door to activists from outside the province and from other places in the world to skew the results. Participants should have been required to enter their postal code, at least.
Premier Ford, your government must stand with the will of the people. The majority did not want the sex-curriculum before the election and do not want it now. In the meantime, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have mounted a legal battle to keep the sex-curriculum in Ontario schools. Regardless of the court decision, Ontario voters do not want the radical sex-curriculum. Ontarians do want a Parents' Bill of Rights. This is a mechanism for protecting parental rights in Ontario presently and for future parents.
Your Conservative government got 76 of the 124 seats in the legislature. The Liberal party which introduced the controversial sex-curriculum in 2015, lost official party status. They got the lowest number of seats in the party's 161-year history! The withdrawal of the sex-curriculum is an election issue. So, let the will of the people, not the activists and the teacher unions, prevail.
The parents and children of Ontario are counting on you to do the right thing. Premier Doug Ford, you must stand with the will of the people. Whatever the unelected courts decide, that decision must not withstand the will of the electorate…AKA the not-withstanding clause…
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Readers may contact the premier or their MPP to express their concerns.
Premier Doug Ford
Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1
Telephone: (416) 325-1941
Fax: (416) 325-3745
Email: [email protected]
Published with permission from Everyday For Life Canada.