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Duly Quoted: Tim Hudak

“The notion that Dalton McGuinty thinks a priority in education is sex-education curriculum starting at Grade 1 when they should be learning their ABCs and how to tie their shoes is another example of how Dalton McGuinty has lost touch with mainstream Ontario.”

—Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak, offering what we can only call an incredibly disingenuous defence of the flyer at right. Paid for by the Tories and distributed in the GTA in the run-up to this week’s election, the flyer comes hot on the heels of last week’s transphobic ad issued by the Institute for Canadians Values, which appeared last week in the National Post (which has since apologized for running it) and yesterday in the Toronto Sun (which so far has not). (If you’re interested in the policies that govern the presentation of these issues, here is the TDSB’s curriculum and guidebook on homophobia and heterosexism [PDF].)


  • ife

    so when your in grade 1 you’re not already supposed to know the abc and how to tie your shoes?

    vote hudak for slow education, the conservative way

  • Anonymous

    Page 19 is a list of “Significant International LGBTQ Individuals”. There is nothing in the guide I can find that corresponds to “cross dressing for six year olds”.

    The other references seem to check out, except they are taken WAY out of context. The kissing booth? The kids get a hershey chocolate kiss or a stamp, not a real one.

    I didn’t think Hudak was that homophobic, but I guess I was wrong…

  • Daniela Pirraglia

    I love how the actual description of the kissing booth has been omitted from the ad. From page 143 of the report:

    Before entering the Kissing Booth students and staff must complete a short 10-15 question school climate survey. In the booth, students and staff are greeted by students who place a stamp of a kiss on their cheek and a few chocolate kisses in their hand. Extend the Kissing Booth activity by informing all home form teachers of the event, ask them to announce it and provide discussion questions for the day after. Publicize the results of the climate survey that kissing booth participants filled out.

    According to the report, the whole point of this activity is to “Challenge your school to create an
    inclusive Valentine’s Day.” Sounds like a pretty good idea to me.

  • Anonymous

    The only “sex” that is taught in kindergarten is the proper names for all body parts, including the vagina and penis (comes especially in handy for kids who are not quite toilet-trained). Also, CTV never said McGuinty was “keeping parents in the dark”; that’s CTV quoting Hudak saying it. The Toronto Standard fact-checked this flyer and found it was full of falsehoods.

    So Hudak is telling lies and emboldening homophobic bullies just to win a few extra votes. And this comes just two weeks after bullied gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer committed suicide. This is disgusting and dangerous. Someone is going to get hurt.

  • Benj Goldstein

    I think “mainstream Ontario” has lost touch with the progressive world.

  • Matt Patterson

    I think Hudak just earned himself the Santorum treatment:

  • Anonymous

    I think mainstream Ontario is out of touch with Toronto.

  • Paul Kishimoto

    The federal Conservatives were more successful in May to the same extent that they were able to pay PR firms to keep a lid on stuff like this.

  • Anonymous

    Damnit, all I want is there to be a fiscally conservative party that doesn’t mislead the public about social issues. Why isn’t there one in Ontario???

    • Anonymous

      It used to be the Ontario PCs, before Charles McVety and his nutjob followers started taking over riding associations. This was a technique he learned from Ralph Reed. Retrograde social conservatism is fairly new to Ontario politics.

  • Dasandis

    How about teaching kids sex ed at grade 1 to ensure they know what is ok and not ok as far as contact … ? its the only way to keep our kids safe