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Ford’s sex-ed mess gets worse with politicized consultations

August 22, 2018

TORONTO — Mike Schreiner issued the following statement in response to the government's announcement of fall curriculum consultations.

“The PC government continues to put ideology before evidence, and politics before before student well-being.

When children in Ontario start school in under two weeks, they’ll be learning a sexual health curriculum from the last century. I cannot believe that the Premier and the Minister of Education want teachers to pretend the online world of social media and sexting doesn’t exist. I cannot believe they want teachers to be silent on gender diversity, putting the safety and mental health of our LGBTQ+ youth at risk.

The government’s haphazard roll out of these changes is confusing and unnecessarily disruptive.

It shows how slogans and back of the napkin policies have real world consequences.

Today’s announcement to lump the sexual health consultations in with other education issues only adds to the confusion.

Our children deserve better. Greens will always put our children’s safety before partisan politics.”