Doug Ford slams Ontario sex-ed curriculum, vows to revisit it if elected

Feb 13 2018, 11:13 pm

When it comes to teaching children about sex, Ontario teachers need to stick with the facts and not Liberal ideology says PC leadership candidate Doug Ford.

Ford is referencing Ontario’s controversial sex-ed curriculum for grades 1 to 12 which was instated in 2015 and covers topics like sexual orientation, sexting and consent.

“Unlike the Liberals, I know that parents, not government, are our children’s first educators,” Ford said in a live Facebook video on Monday.

“The sex-ed curriculum should be about facts, not teaching Liberal ideology. Parents should have the first and final say on what they want to teach their kids past this point.”

The former Toronto councillor and mayoral hopeful vowed that if he wins his party’s leadership vote on March 10, he will revisit the curriculum.

“The way that the sex-ed curriculum was rolled out was completely unacceptable. Consultations with parents were insufficient,” said Ford in the video, which was filmed in front of Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School in Etobicoke.

“The Liberals have refused their insight, feedback, and expertise by not consulting with families on changes to Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum.”

Ford even criticized former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, saying he refused to consult his own members about the curriculum.

“[Brown] stonewalled debate of the issue by forbidding discussion of this policy from reaching the membership during our policy development process,” said Ford.

“This is unacceptable. We cannot expect Ontarians to trust us to consult parents on curriculum when we do not even consult with our own members.”

Brown resigned as leader of the PC party last month after two women made sexual misconduct allegations against him. Brown continues to deny their claims.

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