Statement by MPP Norm Miller on motion regarding gender identity
I was surprised when this motion was moved from the floor at the end of the policy session at the PC convention. I voted against the motion and, should it be debated at next year’s policy conference, I will again vote against it.
Our Government has been clear that this motion does not constitute government policy and will not become part of our legislative agenda. Asked during question period on Monday whether it would become government policy, Education Minister Lisa Thompson told the Legislature “The resolution from the weekend does not pertain to, nor is binding on, government policy. The answer is no.”
Later that same day Premier Doug Ford repeated that this resolution would not become government policy and said he would explore every option as Leader of the PC Party to prevent this resolution from moving forward within the Party’s policy process.
Last weekend approximately 2,000 PC Party members attended the convention where they could attend a policy meeting to vote on a number of policy resolutions that had been approved by a policy committee made up of MPPs and Party members. This particular idea had been rejected by the policy committee but was brought forward at the end of the policy session as a motion from the floor. The motions from the floor were passed only as debate items for next year’s policy conference. These motions were not passed as party policy.
In determining the government’s education policy we are consulting with all Ontarians about our education system. If you wish to share your thoughts about our school system including about improving student performance in science, technology, engineering and math; preparing students with needed job skills; improving standardized testing; ensuring students graduate with life skills like financial literacy; managing technology like cell phones in the classroom; and developing an age-appropriate health and physical education curriculum, then please visit www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents to take part in a survey or sign up for a telephone town hall. Consultations will continue until December 15.
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