Ontario’s Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown says he didn’t see the letter pledging to scrap the Liberal government’s sex-ed curriculum until after it was sent out.
Brown tells AM640’s John Oakley that the move may cost his party the byelection in Scarborough-Rouge River.
The PC Leader wants to make his opinion clear that the letter to scrap the sex ed plan if his party wins the 2018 election is something he doesn’t believe in.
In an op-ed in the Toronto Star today, Brown says it was a mistake for the Scarborough-Rouge River campaign to send out a letter saying he would scrap the curriculum because he will not.
Brown says “Sex education has a place in schools. Our world is changing and whether it’s combatting homophobia or consent or mental health you do need to teach that.”
When asked if he signed off on the letter Brown said ” I saw it afterwards. I was up north and when I saw what was being reported in the media I wasn’t comfortable. It didn’t reflect my views.”
The curriculum was updated last year, for the first time since 1998, but some parents complained that same-sex relationships, gender identity and masturbation were being taught.