Poilievre Tells Trudeau To “Butt Out” Of New Brunswick Pro-Parental Rights Policy

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on June 27, 2023

Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre went after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for trying to involve himself in the New Brunswick government’s attempt to enshrine stronger parental rights legislation for schools. 

For some background, Progressive Conservative New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs has been pursuing changes to school policy surrounding the issue of gender and parental oversight. Before Higgs and his Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Bill Hogan made changes to Policy 713 there was no need for teachers or other school officials to inform parents of their children identifying as the opposite or ‘non-binary’ gender. 

The revised Policy 713 now requires school officials to inform parents about a child wanting to identify with a different gender or opposite gender name if they are below the age of 16

Although the legacy media and Justin Trudeau have been attempting to paint what Higgs and the New Brunswick PC Party are doing as controversial, Leger polling shows nationally 57 percent of Canadians agree with the Policy 713 changes, with only 18 percent being against it. 

And despite some members of Higg’s cabinet rebelling against his actions, in New Brunswick, this move towards giving parents more oversight over their children at school is even more popular than in the rest of the country. 69 percent of Canadians in the Atlantic provinces agree with increased parental protections against their kids being encouraged to identify as different genders. 

Coming back to what Pierre Poilievre has said on the issue, he seems to have moved towards the position of Premier Higgs by taking a shot at Trudeau for trying to attack the concept of parental rights. 

When asked about Trudeau’s criticism of the Policy 713 changes saying “trans kids need to feel safe” implying parents should not have oversight over their own children in school, Poilievre said:

I know that Justin Trudeau has butted into that. The prime minister has no business in decisions that should rest with provinces and parents. So my message to Justin Trudeau is, ‘Butt out’ and let provinces run schools and let parents raise kids.

Poilievre is definitely not trying to become a culture warrior, but the simple statement that “let provinces run schools and let parents raise kids” is an insightful declaration of the sort of attitude a Poilievre-led federal government will have towards ultra-progressives trying to undermine parental rights. The schools can teach reading, writing, and arithmetic, but cannot cross over into superseding the authority of parents in the raising of their children.

Premier Higgs is obviously already winning the conversation regarding parental rights over gender theory in the classroom, so Poilievre should simply bash Trudeau for going against what the majority of Canadians say they are in favour of. 

Justin Trudeau is not just personally progressive, he is a social radical who will not allow public opinion on an issue to stop him from cramming down his agenda to undermine traditional values and parental rights.

Those living in New Brunswick should consider signing Right Now’s petition in support of Blaine Higgs, as there could be an election called so that Higgs can remove the deadwood progressives from his party stumping against parental rights and the PC government’s changes to Bill 713. 

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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