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.”
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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.”