Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is “demonizing” parents concerned about what is being taught to their children in schools.
“Parents should be the final authority on the values and lessons that are taught to children. Trudeau should butt out and let parents raise their kids.”
The Tory leader made the comment in reaction to a post made by Mr. Trudeau on Sept. 20 when protesters were gathering across the country for the Million March for Children.
Mr. Trudeau, who has championed the cause of sexual minorities, implied the protests were a manifestation of hate.
“Let me make one thing very clear: Transphobia, homophobia, and biphobia have no place in this country,” he wrote on X.
“We strongly condemn this hate and its manifestations, and we stand united in support of 2SLGBTQI+ Canadians across the country—you are valid and you are valued.”
Counter-protests were also organized, with unions taking a large part, and accused the movement of spreading hate against individuals of various sexual inclinations and identities.
The debate about gender ideology in schools percolated over the summer with protests and student walkouts, and as well with provinces like New Brunswick and Saskatchewan taking a stance for parental rights.