- Dec 2013
- Beware of watermelons
tario’s governing Liberal Party has proposed a bill claiming to protect children that critics say actually gives the state more power to seize them from their families.
The changes could be used to enforce gender ideology in the home, pro-family critics are warning.
“The totalitarianism embedded in this bill is breathtaking,” says Campaign Life Coalition vice president Jeff Gunnarson. “These are gestapo-like tactics, and I can’t believe we’re witnessing it unfold in the legislature that’s supposed to represent us.”
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals quietly tabled the lengthy “Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act,” or Bill 89, just before Christmas break.
If passed, it will completely repeal and replace the existing Child and Family Services Act, which governs Child Protection Services, Foster Care Services, and adoption and foster care services.
The bill adds “gender identity” and “gender expression” to what is considered “in the best interests of the child,” noted John Sikkema, a lawyer with the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada.
At the same time, it deletes the religious faith in which the parents are raising the child as a factor to be considered, and replaces that with “creed.”
Bill 89 mandates that child protection services consider the “child’s creed” — or whatever the child tells a Children’s Aid Society (CAS) worker their creed is or isn’t — not the religion in which the parents are instructing the child, according to ARPA’s analysis.
Bill expands state's power to intervene in families
Bill 89 also gives child protection services greater power to intervene.
It retains the provision in the current law that a child who is suffering or “at risk of suffering” mental or emotional harm and whose parents do not provide “treatment or access to treatment” is need of protection under the law.
But while the current law says the Children’s Aid Society should take the “least disruptive course of action,” Bill 89 adds “including the provision of prevention services, early intervention services and community support services," ARPA notes.
That “implies that Children’s Aid Society intervention should not be presumed to be more disruptive than non-intervention,” points out Sikkema.
So “you can imagine a situation where, say, a child’s teacher suspects that a child is gender questioning or something and they’re not being supported in that,” said Sikkema.
In such a case, a teacher would “actually have a duty to report certain things to a Children’s Aid Society who would look into it further.”
Added Sikkema: “We may be seeing a shift towards essentially enforcing gender ideology in families.”
Oh Canada!!! What the hell is going on there?