Kathleen Wynne’s Sleight of Hand

When Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls shouted in the legislature that it’s “not a bad idea” to stop teaching evolution in schools, he wasn’t kidding.

The off-the-cuff remark during a heated debate over the new sex education curriculum landed Nicholls (Chatham-Kent-Essex) in hot water with Conservative colleagues and left him ridiculed by others. …

But Nicholls stood by his line when asked about it Wednesday.

“For myself, I don’t believe in evolution,” Nicholls told reporters.

The controversial quip came after Education Minister Liz Sandals — reacting to criticisms Tuesday from Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton about modernizing sex ed — scolded that a Tory government “could opt out of teaching about evolution, too.”

That’s when Nicholls retorted “that’s not a bad idea” as catcalls died down.

“She was very flippant in her response to my colleague and I gave a flippant response back to her,” he explained.

Just as Kathleen Wynne raged against Monte McNaughton’s opposition to her controversial sex education program, so, too, will this be used as a distraction from more pressing issues. Having played the “homophobic” card, when will Kathleen Wynne play the anti-science card for full effect (coming from one who would institute a carbon tax based on faulty science, I’d say that’s rich)?  Since when did the Theory of Evolution become a more pressing issue than a proposed carbon tax, failed “green” policies, deleted e-mails, cancelled gas plants or controversial sex ed programs? It will once the Liberals figure out how to milk Nicholls’ comment for all that it’s worth.

The issue isn’t the Theory of Evolution (or how Mendelian genetics fills in the gaps Darwin left behind) or even Nicholls’ beliefs. The issue is a corrupt government avoiding accountability at every turn.