Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ford Says Proposed Gender Identity Policy from Party Convention Won't Go Ahead

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ford Says Proposed Gender Identity Policy from Party Convention Won't Go Ahead

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Ford says proposal for gender identity policy won't go ahead

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TORONTO - The Ontario government will not move forward with a proposed policy that called for gender identity references to be removed from the sexual-education curriculum, Premier Doug Ford said Monday after the issue surfaced at a weekend gathering of his Progressive Conservative party.

Parental rights advocate and prominent social conservative Tanya Granic Allen had put forward a resolution Saturday that called gender identity a "Liberal ideology" and asked that references to it be deleted from the sex-ed curriculum that's currently being revamped by Ford's government.

Delegates at the convention had voted in favour of having Granic Allen's resolution debated at next year's policy gathering, prompting critics to call on Ford to denounce the entire idea.

On Monday, Ford stressed that Saturday's vote on Granic Allen's resolution was non-binding.

"It came from the floor," he said. "I'm not moving forward with that. So, it's done."

Ford's office followed up on his remarks with a brief statement saying the premier will "explore every option as Leader of the Ontario PC Party to prevent this resolution from moving forward."

Education Minister Lisa Thompson also stressed that the gender identity resolution at the weekend convention "has nothing at all to do with government policy."

"It was a resolution put forward to impact a policy convention that is a year from now," she said, adding that she's interested in providing a "safe and support environment" for all students.

Granic Allen -- who has raised concerns about social conservative voices being ignored in the party -- said Monday that she introduced the resolution on gender identity because Ford talked about the issue during his run for the Tory leadership.

"Doug says he listens to the people," she said. …

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