Ontario Tories’ education critic: I backed Wynne’s sex-ed plans because unions told me they’re ‘necessary’

The Progressive Conservatives’ education critic has defended his decision to support Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s controversial plan to update the province’s sex-ed curriculum, saying his mind was made up, not after consulting with parents, but after hearing from unions and various education-related groups that told him the changes were “necessary.”

“I’ve [been] talking to a number of the unions, I’ve talked to the Ontario principals’ council, I’ve talked to trustees’ associations right across the province, and they’re telling me, ‘Garfield, we’re ready to go with it [the sex-ed changes],’” MPP Garfield Dunlop, Simcoe North, told LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview.

Dunlop said that the above mentioned groups told him that the updated curriculum will teach kids “health and safety around birth control, around protected sex,” something they told him is “necessary in our society.”

More: Tory Hopefuls Take Issue with Party’s Education Critic on Sex Ed

Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful Monte McNaughton (Lambton–Kent–Middlesex) has come out against his party’s education critic after the latter backed the Wynne government’s plan to introduce controversial changes to the province’s sex ed curriculum. MPP Garfield Dunlop (Simcoe North) said Dec. 12, that backing the Wynne sex-ed program is in the PC Party’s “best interest,” but McNaughton told LifeSiteNews Dec. 15, that he “wholeheartedly disagrees” with Dunlop’s stance. If he becomes leader of the PC Party, he said, he will “have a different policy when it comes to sex-ed in the province of Ontario.”

  • Clink9

    They can’t be trusted with this subject. Let it go perverts, it won’t cost you a nickel. Why the obsession?

    • Frau Katze

      They do seem rather obsessed. In league with Big Gay?

      • Concerned Parents

        Blazingcatfur, a little off-topic here, but related to the TDSB.

        Because you’re an independent journalist and blogger, I have a question.

        Is it common for the TDSB to hang up phone calls on journalists? What does it say about the transparency and integrity of the Toronto District School Board? Does this reflect on the transparency and public trust of the TDSB? And should parents be concerned about the way the TDSB communicates with the media by hanging up the phone? The journalist appeared to have wanted to speak with the Principal for an inquiry, but instead he gets the royal treatment of getting disconnected by the school secretary.


  • Alain

    The “Progressive” does not leave any room for the “Conservative”. I suggest dropping “Conservative” all together and just name it more accurately the Progressive Party of Ontario.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      As much as we dislike the Progressive part of the name it actually reflects the historical merger of the Conservative and Progressive parties in the early part of the last century.
      That the left has appropriated the term progressive is particularly egregious.
      ‘Cause they ain’t.

      • James Holmes A Left Wing Extre

        A more fitting name would be ‘The Regressives’.

      • Minicapt

        The problem is that the Progressives at the time, under George Drew, were trying to be better Liberals than the Grits, without the baggage of the “Classical Liberal”.


        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Fair enough.
          Could you also argue that the Progressive Conservatives led by Joe Clark were just Liberal Light?
          And that until the Media Party’s monopoly on The Narrative was broken by the internet and the rise of the blogosphere we were captives of their agenda?
          (Because, I do.)

  • Just a thought

    Unions Know Best?

    • Concerned Parents

      No they don’t, and the teachers unions are in cahoots with the TDSB to prevent public opinion on important matters.

  • Edubeat

    Perhaps we should license procreating parents who intend to create politicians from their spawn. Hey it works with goats!

  • eMan14

    Oh well… time to write another email lambasting the idiocy of accepting a curriculum having not read it.
    Not only does money not grow on trees, neither does politicians with integrity.

    • Concerned Parents

      The Toronto District School Board and the teachers unions are in cahoots. It appears that if any media outlet is trying to do research on the TDSB, the staff members hang up the phone calls. This is my last sharing of this link. The office administrator and receptionists at one of the TDSB schools kept on hanging up phone calls from journalists, so do you think that the TDSB even cares about your opinions?
      Captioned: TDSB school Secretary hangs up phone on journalist.

  • James Holmes A Left Wing Extre

    Is this the same ‘tory’ whose staff said that it’s ok the for a landlord to discriminate against a veteran with a service dog from applying for an apartment ? Oh yeh… Gee, wonder why the last Tory leader was stabbed in the back

  • Concerned Parents

    Off topic a little, but relevant to the issue of transparency….How much money will Blazingcatfur bet that the Toronto District School Board will never answer questions which question the school board?

    The school board named the Toronto District School Board does not appear to care about the integrity of its staff members. A school in the TDSB kept on hanging up phone calls when a media outlet called the school to speak with the Principal. How unprofessional.


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