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VICTORIA, British Columbia (LifeSiteNews) — The leader of a provincial party believes that British Columbia should respect parents’ wishes when it comes to their children’s education.
On October 12, British Columbia Conservative party leader John Rustad revealed that parental involvement in schools is important to his party and cited the growing pro-family resistance across the country.
“You’ve got tens of thousands of parents across the province expressing concern about their education system,” Rustad told the Epoch Times. “I think what it really boils down to for many parents and grandparents is they’re worried about their children’s innocence.”
Rustad also condemned school libraries for offering pornographic literature to children, citing a recent case where a library book deemed too offensive to be read in the legislature was available for children in school libraries.
He also took aim at SOGI 123, a nation-wide program pushing LGBT values in schools under the label of inclusivity.
Rustad argued that SOGI 123 “needs to be replaced with a strong anti-bullying [approach] and full acceptance of everyone in our schools and remove this lightning rod.”
“When SOGI was first introduced in 2016, it was introduced by Mike Burnett, who was the education minister at the time. I was minister for aboriginal relations and reconciliation. And there was no vote on it. There was very little discussion on it,” he recalled.
“It wasn’t until I got into late 2017 and into 2018 that I started to learn just what SOGI was about. And I guess, you know, I learned a good lesson,” Rustad said.
“This also boils down to the fact that the education system is telling kids not to tell their parents—they’re not including parents in these decisions, and that’s just wrong.”
Rustad also voiced support of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick for their work defending children and parents’ rights from the LGBT agenda.
“Parents raise children, not the government. When you’re excluding parents from children’s education, when you’re excluding parents from these sorts of decisions and discussions, it’s wrong,” he said.
“So, I applaud those governments for taking the steps they’re taking and doing what’s right.”
In September, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced that he will invoke his government’s notwithstanding clause to protect legislation stating that parents must be told if their child changes “genders” at school; a judge had ruled against the enforcement of the law earlier that day.
The notwithstanding clause, embedded in section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, allows provinces to temporarily override sections of the Charter and protect new laws from being scrapped by the courts.
Saskatchewan is following the example of New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs. Higgs was condemned by LGBT activists for reviewing the province’s “gender identity” policy, as it allowed schools to hide students’ “transgender” status from parents.
“For [a desire to be identified with the opposite sex] purposefully to be hidden from the parents, that’s a problem,” Higgs told reporters. He wants to change Policy 713, which currently requires children’s consent for their parents to be informed if they decide to “change” their gender at school.
Under the new policy, teachers need parental consent to use different names or pronouns for students younger than 16.
In early August, pro-LGBT politicians tried unsuccessfully to remove Higgs from office. Their failure led Progressive Conservative Party members to say that, despite the media backlash, Higgs has the support of the “silent majority.”
Increasingly, Conservative leaders who have shown little to no concern over LGBT propaganda pushed on children have been forced to take notice as Canadians are increasingly standing up to LGBT activists.
According to an August survey, 86 percent of Saskatchewan-based participants are for parental rights and support the province’s new laws.
In September, Canadians across the country gathered in cities to partake in the Million Person March against LGBT indoctrination in schools.