Resolution to Do Away with Liberal's Radical Gender Identity Theory Moves Forward
A resolution calling for the removal of gender identity from Ontario schools was approved for further discussion at the Ontario PC Convention on Saturday.
Policy Resolution R4, which was proposed by failed leadership candidate Tanya Granic Allen, says “gender identity theory” is a “highly controversial, unscientific ‘liberal ideology'” and calls on the Ford government to remove the teaching and promotion of it in schools.
Several other resolutions that were approved on day two of the weekend convention included one to support legislation which would give parents ample notice as to when sex-ed lessons would be taught in schools and offer them the choice to “opt-out.”
Party officials were quick to point out that the resolutions were not binding and will not form any part of party policy until they are formally voted on at the next policy convention.
The move drew swift rebuke from the opposition NDP with Toronto-Centre MPP and Housing and Women’s Issues critic Suze Morrison calling it “an affront to the Human Rights Code.”
“Days away from the Trans Day of Remembrance & Ontario PCs have shown us where they really stand on human rights, once again,” she tweeted. “Trans rights are human rights. Gender is no binary.”
The convention delegates also voted to reject auto insurance reforms which would have made it more affordable while maintaining the level of benefits.
Heading into the convention, prominent social conservatives expressed concerns that their voices were being ignored, once again exposing cracks in a coalition that helped propel the party to a massive election win earlier this year.
Jack Fonseca of the social conservative group Campaign Life Coalition and Granic Allen, a parental rights advocate and former Tory leadership candidate, have both expressed frustration that dozens of policy resolutions with a social conservative bent were blocked from being debated by party members at the event in Etobicoke, Ont.
The exclusion of the proposals has rekindled fears amongst some social conservatives that their voices will once again be marginalized, as they said the party had done under former Tory leader Patrick Brown.
“Our take on this is that liberal-progressive elements within the party establishment that are corrupt and against democratic rights of party members have filtered out policy resolutions that were submitted by grassroots members,” Fonseca said, alleging party officials have “rigged” the debate.
Fonseca said the rejected proposals, which run the gamut from denouncing the Liberal sex-education curriculum to protecting so-called conscience rights for physicians, are in some cases actual policies that Premier Doug Ford’s government is currently taking action on.
Fonseca points to one resolution that would affirm support for requiring parental consent in order to grant a minor an abortion. Ford made headlines during his run for the Tory leadership by supporting the idea, at the time expressing his incredulity over other politicians’ fear of addressing the issue.
Fonseca said that resolution won’t be debated this weekend.