Conservatives Need To Stand Up For Parental Rights To Beat Justin Trudeau In 2025

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on July 13, 2023

Going towards the 2025 federal election, if there was one social issue the Conservative Party cannot ignore this election cycle it is parental rights. 

Unfortunately, the conventional peddled by Conservative strategists in the 2019 and 2021 federal elections was all based around completely avoiding controversial topics, and just talking about minor tax relief and being against corruption. In doing so, the Conservatives alienated the social conservative base the party relies on for campaign volunteers and election day votes. 

In 2025 parental rights is a low-hanging issue for the Conservatives to not only galvanize the social conservative base but also bring on board more centrist voters who are increasingly concerned by the Liberals and NDP’s opposition to parental rights. 

The viability of the parental rights issue has been demonstrably proven by New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs. Higgs’ changes to Policy 713, requiring school staff to seek the consent of parents for their child to be identified as a different gender from their birth sex, caused the legacy media and Justin Trudeau to launch an attack on him, but the majority of not only New Brunswickers but Canadians in general agreed with Higgs’ actions. 

The only province with less than 50 percent support for the Policy 713 changes was British Columbia at 49 percent support, but even then only 17 percent of those polled in BC disagreed with the changes with 35 percent having no firm opinion.

While Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre does not need to become a full-time culture warrior and run on a platform of social issues, parental rights are an easy issue to market to the average Canadian and help shift the culture back away from the progressive fringe. 

Canadians will often go along with what the loud progressive activists want to not cause trouble, but as soon as they attacked the concept of parental consent and tried to obscure the goings on in the classroom a lot of parents began to push back.

This is why we now see Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, and non-religious Canadians uniting to protest against the excesses of progressivism in the education system. 

All Justin Trudeau has to combat the departure of Muslim Canadians from his base is to claim they are somehow being misled by “far-right misinformation.”

This is deeply insulting as it is basically accusing all parents, including Muslims, of being tricked by their own eyes and ears, as anyone can see how deeply inset gender theory and inappropriate sex ed curriculum has become in Canadian schools. 

And this is why parental rights could be such a major issue for the Conservatives. The Liberals and Trudeau himself have gotten downright belittling parents concerned by the lack of transparency and parental consent in the classroom. And while education is a provincial issue, the Conservatives could run on a platform of requiring provinces to shift education dollars away from left-wing social dogma and towards actual academics or risk having education transfer payments clawed back by the federal government.

It stands to reason that if a province is going to water down the education of children through focus on things other than reading, writing, and arithmetic, then the taxpayers of other provinces shouldn’t have to subsidize that education system. 

The Conservatives need to take a long hard look at the parental rights issue ahead of the 2025 election. Avoiding the risk of standing up for parental rights will signal to many voters that a Conservative government isn’t willing to fully reverse the rot of Justin Trudeau’s radical agenda.

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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