Hudak delivers an electoral gift to McGuinty in the form of controversial flyer
Tim Hudak gave the Liberal and NDP campaigns some free advertising yesterday, when he defended a campaign flyer that deploys scare tactics and outright falsehoods about the Liberals’ scrapped plans for sex education. The flyer, which was distributed around the GTA, contains several scary claims about what the Liberals want to teach Ontario kids, including (gasp!) how to cross-dress. The alleged source material for the flyer? A TDSB document titled “Challenging Homophobia and Heterosexism: A K-12 Curriculum Resource Guide.”
The Globe and Mail reports:
The flyers have been distributed around the Greater Toronto Area and use a series of quotes from news articles in an effort to suggest they relate to controversial portions of the Liberals’ earlier plan to revamp the Ontario education curriculum by introducing the topic of same-sex marriage to Grade 3 students and a mention of anal intercourse in Grade 7.
Mr. McGuinty shelved the new curriculum last April after a Christian group led by evangelist Charles McVety expressed outrage. The sex-ed curriculum being taught in schools is the one that has been in place since 1998, when the previous Tory government introduced it, and remains unchanged, the Liberals said in a statement on Monday.
The Tories are quoting from a Toronto District School Board curriculum guideline that says, “Sending a school newsletter home at the beginning of each term is a best practice for keeping parents informed of all upcoming equity topics in the classroom.”
The Globe and the Toronto Standard have pointed out various inaccuracies in the claims made on the flyer. For instance, although the flyer references kissing booths, the kissing booth described in the resource guide involves Hershey’s Kisses, not the real kind. The flyer also cites a reference to cross-dressing in the curriculum that doesn’t actually appear to exist. (We could go on.) While theatrics and rhetoric like this might be expected during the final stages of a campaign, it doesn’t make them any less disappointing. After all, with Ontario Catholic schools’ continued resistance to gay student organizations, this could have been a campaign in which candidates talked about inclusion in schools, not who’s doing what in the kissing booth.
• Hudak defends Ontario campaign flyer described as homophobic [Globe and Mail]
• Hudak defends controversial Tory flyer [Toronto Star]
• Challenging Homophobia and Heterosexism: A K-12 Curriculum Resource Guide [TDSB]
• Election Blog: Fact-checking Hudak’s “Homophobic” Flyer [Toronto Standard]
7 thoughts on “Hudak delivers an electoral gift to McGuinty in the form of controversial flyer”
Who labelled this “Homophobic”?……….the Libs!………..all Hudak was saying is for McGuinty to get out of the sex ed he has been promoting for two years+ now………he was told back in 2010 in no uncertain terms to leave this crap out of the curriculum but “oh no”…….he stirs it back up, hoping to rope Hudak into a game of he said/he said. I believe Torontonians and Ontarians are a bit “brighter” than this kind of political posturing , but then again IF McGuinty gets Toronto votes then I could be wrong! Sex education will be the least of your problems if this guy gets back into your pockets/power for another 4 years!!!!!!!!!
i agree – biggreenlie
this is not homophic.. this is parents who rightly are protecting their children … from an aggressive homosexual agenda – which noone can deny..
If we are speaking about equality — why is not all things equal also for christian and catholic families .- truth is ..there is such media bias against christians..just look at the NP apologizing for an ad.- IS Canada no longer free? dont think so.. and lets not forget the one billion dollar e-health bill scandal– noone got charged.. that was our tax dollars – and lets factor in all the jobs the Liberals commissioned out of ONtario -thousands of manufacturing jobs have gone.. never to return AND HE ACTS TO BE RE ELECTED.–
CORRECTION .’HE IS ASKING TO BE RE ELECTED’ WHO IS HE KIDDING.
Mary – To answer your bilious rant: Yes, Canada is free, and thank goodness for that fact, so that we can also be free from the bigoted, extremist likes of you.
It is homophobic and absolutely not true! I’m glad the National Post got rid of their ads and gave all the funds made from the ad to a queer charity.
This is without doubt a homophobic ad. As someone who so proudly relies on ideas of Canadian ‘freedoms’, you – Mary – might want to understand what social justice in the 21st century looks like. Also, deciding to reference the health ‘scandal’ only weakens your argument – it is a separate issue, discuss it elsewhere.
Hudak needs to put down the syringe- Who ever is doing his botox needs to back off- His forehead is starting to look Nicole Kidmanesque and you could show a movie on it…. I’m not sure I want a Premier who’s face doesn’t move when he speaks- blinking eyes and no movement in the forehead- kind of creepy
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