Queen's Park, August 9, 2018 - "My question is to the Premier. How did the Premier decide that pleasing his radical social conservative friends was a higher priority than protecting the human rights of Ontario students?
This morning, human rights lawyers were here at Queen’s Park to launch legal action against the Premier’s dangerous plan.
I applaud the work that these advocates are doing. They are speaking up on behalf of students, including an 11-year-old child, who will suffer significant harm if the Premier is allowed to erase gender identity, same-sex families and LGBTQ2 issues from Ontario schools.
Why is this Premier violating the human rights of children across Ontario?
The 1998 curriculum fails to provide the information that students need to stay safe, and it fails to respect the human rights of Ontario’s students. That is why 30 school boards, representing about two-thirds of all children in this province, have issued formal statements raising concerns about the risks and direct harm that the Premier’s plan will create.
School boards and teachers want to protect the health and human rights of their students. Why doesn’t this Premier?"