Anti-sex-ed activists in Ontario have formed a new political party and are running candidates in the province’s two ongoing byelections.
Queenie Yu, who ran as an independent candidate in the recent Scarborough-Rouge River byelection on a platform opposing the Liberal government’s updated sex-ed curriculum, is behind the new party.
She is running as the Stop the New Sex Ed Agenda candidate in Niagara West-Glanbrook, while Elizabeth de Viel Castel is running as the party’s candidate in Ottawa-Vanier.
The sex-ed issue dominated the Scarborough-Rouge River campaign after Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown’s office released a letter promising that he would scrap the curriculum, then backtracked on it days later.
Brown angered social conservatives by eventually saying he supported the curriculum and the public split has left them looking for a new political home.
In Niagara West-Glanbrook, social conservatives are accusing Brown of muzzling the party’s 19-year-old candidate, who campaigned on a socially conservative platform, but Brown now says the teen supports his position.