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McGuinty criticized over gay-straight alliance bans

Opposition says the government allows too much interpretation


 

When asked about the government’s position on Catholic school boards banning gay-straight alliances, premier Dalton McGuinty appeared to suggest the practice runs against provincial rules. “We are making it perfectly clear to all our school boards, all our schools, all our principals, all our teachers and all our students that it is unacceptable in Ontario to discriminate based on race, gender, religion or sexual orientation,” he said in Question Period on Monday. However, McGuinty also said that “boards can find different ways to ensure that they adhere to those policies.”

Critics are charging that the premier is ignoring the question, and implying that his government’s equity policy allows for some ambiguity.

The debate is in reference to Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s policy against forming GSAs. When student Leanne Iskander asked the principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School to form an alliance, she says her request was refused. Iskander was critical of the premier’s response, the Globe and Mail reported. “It is time for him and the government to actually do something about it,” she said. The NDP’s Rosario Marchese was also critical of the government, stating that “There is absolutely no ambiguity” in provincial policy.

A 2009 memorandum sent from the education department to school boards reads: “boards must also help school staff to give support to students who wish to participate in gay-straight alliances and in other student-led activities that promote understanding and development of healthy relationships.”


 
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McGuinty criticized over gay-straight alliance bans

  1. ““We are making it perfectly clear to all our school boards, all our schools, all our principals, all our teachers and all our students that it is unacceptable in Ontario to discriminate based on race, gender, religion or sexual orientation,” he said in Question Period on Monday. ”

    Unless of course you own a family pet not approved by the Ontario Liberals.

    http://thestar.blogs.com/broadsides/2009/11/bully-for-cheri-dinovo.html

    In which case the Ontario Liberals feel it is perfectly acceptable to discriminate against you regardless of your race,gender,religion or sexual orientation.

    http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dog-bites/dog-bites-worldwide/

    Vote him out in October folks.

    • You’re actually comparing gay people’s civil rights to not being allowed to have a certain kind of dog?

      • I suggest you re-read that.
        No where did I compare gay people`s rights to not being allowed to have a certain kind of dog.

        Are people who own a dog of a certain shape not entitled to the exact same Rights as everyone else in Ontario?

    • And if ANY group should understand how wrong this is it should be the Gay community.
      You can`t scream about your own Rights being violated when you`re willing to stand by and see other people lose theirs.
      This is not about the Right to own a dog.
      This is about the Right to the Presumption of Innocence.
      This is about the Right not to be subjected to unwarranted Search and Seizure and more.

  2. Dalton McGuinty: “We are making it perfectly clear to all our school boards, all our schools, all our principals, all our teachers and all our students that it is unacceptable in Ontario to discriminate based on race, gender, religion or sexual orientation,”

    It is unacceptable to discriminate on the basis of religion? In Ontario? Since when?

    Publicly funded Catholic school boards have an absolute right to discriminate in admissions against non-Catholic children until grade 9, when “open access” is supposed to apply. Publicly funded Catholic school boards have an absolute right to discriminate against non-Catholic teachers at all grade levels and in all subjects. No other faith enjoys public funding for their religious schools. The members of no other faith are guaranteed a publicly funded choice of schools. This has been the state of affairs in Ontario for a very long time — since the mutual Catholic-Protestant intolerance of 19th century Ontario gave rise to separate Catholic schools in the first place (to keep the peace between equally vile bigots).

    Clearly, the premier is either very ignorant or hoping everyone else is. There is *plenty* of religious discrimination in Ontario today — and his government defends and pays for it with your tax dollars.

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