A lot has happened in the past 12 days.
On May 5th, I was removed by Doug Ford as the democratically nominated candidate for Mississauga Centre. No clear reason was ever provided other than this: allegedly, according to Doug Ford, I was “irresponsible” in comments I had made in 2013 and 2014. For my response to these trumped up charges from the Liberal party and the liberal media, please see my opinion piece that the National Post published on May 9 by clicking here.
I was back to work on May 7th as the head of PAFE. I issued a public letter asking Doug to re-commit to repealing and replacing the Wynne sex-ed, addressing Bill 89, and Bill 77. After all, I always made it clear I was running on these issues. Within 24 hours, Doug Ford held a press conference recommitting to repealing and replacing the Wynne sex-ed. So far, though, we have heard nothing from him on Bill 89 or Bill 77, both of which are now law. For info on Bill 89 click here. For Info on Bill 77 click here.
I’m glad, though, that Doug Ford re-stated his promise to repeal and replace the Wynne sex-ed. Since the campaign officially started on May 9th, however, I’ve noticed that most PC candidates, including Doug Ford, have been rather quiet on the issue of sex-ed.
Remember also that almost 100 of Ford’s PC candidates were leftovers from the Patrick Brown era. Brown, you will remember, was an explicit supporter of Wynne’s sex-ed and radical anti-family agenda, and Brown expected his candidates to support this position. We have heard almost nothing from these candidates on the sex-ed issue since Brown was replaced by Ford. And since Ford became leader, it is true that there have been a handful of socially conservative new candidates who secured a nomination. I was one of them, at least for a few days. So now that we are into the election campaign, where does everyone really stand on the Wynne sex-ed?
For example, Caroline Mulroney campaigned in favour of the keeping the Wynne sex-ed. Now that Ford is leader, where does she stand? Does she still maintain her position of two months ago? Or is she now for repealing and replacing the sex-ed? I wish I could tell you, but I have not heard anything about Mulroney’s current position. I am using Mulroney as the most famous example and I don’t mean to single her out as an isolated case. There are many others.
We need to know where all the candidates stand on repealing and replacing the Wynne sex-ed.
So today I am asking for your help. This is important.
Can you please ask your local PC candidate about this issue by visiting their local campaign office? Or when they come to your door? Or at an all candidates meeting? It’s helpful to have their remarks on the record so please ask them if you can audio record their statement on the sex-ed. If you don’t know who they are or how to reach them, click here.
The specific question we need to ask all PC candidates is: “Do you support Doug Ford’s position that the new government of Ontario needs to first REPEAL the Wynne sex-ed curriculum and then REPLACE it with something more age-appropriate that is supported by the parents of Ontario?” You could also ask the Patrick Brown-era PC MPPs: “So why did you support the Wynne sex-ed when Patrick Brown supported it, and how can we trust you now?”
Parents need to know the truth about their candidates. Will they stand up for the kids or not?
When you find out where your local candidates stand, please send me a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or a recording of their public position, and we will do our best to make sure that we share this with other PAFE supporters before election day (June 7).
For the family,
Tanya Granic Allen