Time to talk about sex edu: Ontario PC candidate Doug Ford
Sex-ed is on the minds of parents across the province, says Ontario PC
leadership hopeful Doug Ford who is promising to take another look at
the updated curriculum.
Ford and fellow leadership contender Christine Elliott are now both on
record saying parents need to be consulted on the sex-ed lessons.
Caroline Mulroney would not support “undoing any of the changes
that have already been made,” but her spokesperson says that in the
future, parents will have a say in curriculum updates.
Parents “are our first educators when it comes to our children,” he
said, echoing social conservatives who fought the Liberal government
on the changes before they were finally implemented in the fall of
2015. “Travelling around the province, that is the number one issue
with parents right now.”
Ford also took a swipe at his party saying that under former leader
Patrick Brown, even PC members were shut out of discussion.
In 2016, Brown acknowledged it was a mistake to hold talks with the
social conservatives before the Scarborough-Rouge River byelection,
during which a letter was sent out vowing to “scrap” the updated
lessons. He later published a piece in the Star, saying he supported the
A spokesperson for Elliott said that she “has been clear that parents
must have a voice in their children’s education, including in the age
appropriateness of sex-ed.”