This morning during the PC convention 2018, the Ontario Conservatives passed a policy resolution to debate the promotion and teaching of gender identity in the province’s school curriculum. The resolution, put forward by a former PC leadership candidate Tanya Granic Allen, calls gender identity theory a “highly controversial, unscientific ‘liberal ideology’”. The passing of the resolution means that gender identity theory will be a debate item for next year’s convention, but the resolution is currently not binding government policy.
In addition to the gender identity resolution, several others were approved this weekend, including one to support legislation that would give parents notice as to when sex-ed lessons would be taught in school and offer them a chance to remove their children from class.
Lyra Evans, the first openly transgender school trustee in Canada, expressed her disappointment. “I truly thought we as a society sort of agreed to stop debating the validity of trans identities,” she said. “I think this is going to tell the people of Ontario that this PC Party is more socially conservative than they might’ve been led to believe.”
This blog post was written by a CCLA-PBSC Rights Watch student. Views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCLA or PBSC.