New Blue Party Gets Ontario PCs To Reverse On Voting For Critical Race Theory In Schools

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on April 14, 2022

New Blue Party of Ontario MPP, Belinda Karahalios (MPP for Cambridge), despite being the only MPP for her party in the Ontario provincial Legislature got the Ontario PC Party to reverse course on backing the NDPs Bill 67, which was seeking to inject Critical Race Theory into the classroom. 

MPP Karahalios got the Ontario PC government House Leader Paul Calandra after supporting Bill 67 back in March to say that the government “has absolutely no intention of passing that bill.” 

Karahalios was the only MPP present for the vote on the second reading of Bill 67 that voted against it but did not stop campaigning to have it be defeated after the bill went to committee, ahead of a final vote. 

MPP Karahalios and her husband Jim Karahalios, who is the leader of the New Blue Party, consistently called out Doug Ford’s PC government for backing the radical CRT legislation and even helped start a petition with Catherine Kronas to organize Ontarians against Bill 67.

At the same time, MPP Karahalios was opposing Critical Race Theory being injected into Ontario schools, even supposed principled “conservative” opposition to the Ford PCs was voting in favour of Bill 67. 

Ontario Party MPP Rick Nicholls (MPP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington) had to do a whiplash-inducing about-face on Bill 67 after voting in favour of it on its second reading than being rightfully called out by the New Blue Party. 

Nicholls and the Ontario Party simultaneously claimed Nicholls read the bill but did not understand it and also that he did not read the bill at all and just voted along with his colleagues in the PC Party he is supposedly more principled than.

The Ontario Party and Nicholls then had to scramble and start putting out social media posts and videos advocating against Bill 67, but they also never attempted to organize Ontarians to put pressure on MPPs to defeat the bill, which New Blue did. It was overall a very hollow effort aimed only at creating good PR for their party and not actually stopping Bill 67.

The Ontario Party is evidently an alternative party that does not want to rock the political boat and is more focused on cutting a few good clips (after screwing up on the actual vote) and then doing nothing of substance to stop the bad legislation. 

There is a reason why the New Blue Party is polling as high as the Green Party, after only being around for a year, and it is because the New Blue Party, and its MPP Belinda Karahalios demonstrate that they can actually get things done in Ontario politics, despite lacking the immense resources of one of the establishment parties.

It will be interesting to see how the polls shift going into the next Ontario provincial election in June, with the New Blue already making big waves in the legislature.

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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