THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
The assaults against the family continue, in ever increasing
and more virulent force. And these assaults are now being
done by liberal governments, using the state to force its
liberal agenda on families and Christians.
Liberal bill empowers gvmt to take kids from
Ontario parents who don’t accept gender ideology: legal
TORONTO, March 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) An
Ontario Liberal bill that legal experts warn gives the state
greater power to seize children and can be used to enforce
gender ideology in the home sailed unopposed through second
reading last week.
of Ontario’s 107 MPPs voted unanimously March 9 to send
Bill 89 to the Liberal-dominated Standing Committee on Justice
Parents As First Educators (PAFE) president Tanya Granic Allen
says it’s a “shame that not one MPP voted against”
the “Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act”
at second reading.
“I expect MPPs to stand up to political pressure and
to do their job of representing parents who are worried about
the government's infringement in their family life,”she
Bill 89 repeals and replaces the existing Child and Family
Services Act, which governs child protection services, and
adoption and foster care services.
It adds “gender identity”
and “gender expression” as factors to be considered
“in the best interests of the child.”
At the same time, Bill 89 deletes
the religious faith in which the parents are raising the child
as a factor to be considered,
and mandates that child protection services instead consider
only the child’s own “creed.”
The bill “has real problems
that could lead to the devastation of many families,”
said Granic Allen.
That was underscored by Minister of Child and Family Services
Michael Coteau’s remarks to QP Briefing.
Coteau, who introduced the bill, said he sees questioning
a teen’s self-identification as LGBTQI or telling them
to change as abuse.
“I would consider that a form of abuse, when a child
identifies one way and a caregiver is saying no, you need
to do this differently,” he said.
“If it’s abuse, and if it’s within the definition,
a child can be removed from that environment and placed into
protection where the abuse stops.”
PAFE has a petition against Bill 89 that Granic Allen intends
to present to the Standing Committee when she testifies against
PAFE is far from the only pro-family group to oppose the bill.
The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) was first
to raise the alarm that Bill 89 pushes gender ideology in
And it may prevent parents opposed to gender ideology from
fostering or adopting children, according to an ARPA analysis.
The Liberal bill also "signals a potential shift towards
a greater readiness for Children’s Aid Societies to
intervene," according to ARPA lawyer John Sikkema.
Bill 89 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, Sikkema noted in an ARPA interview.
But while the present law says a Children’s Aid Society
(CAS) should take the “least disruptive course of action,”
Bill 89 adds “including the provision of prevention
services, early intervention services and community support
That “implies that Children’s Aid Society intervention
should not be presumed to be more disruptive than non-intervention,”
And as Bill 89 adds gender identity and expression as factors
to be considered in determining a child's best interests,
which is the guiding principle of the law, this raises concerns
about how parents respond to gender identity disorder in children
and how the government responds in turn, according to ARPA.
"The provision of 'prevention services' and 'early intervention
services' may be a good thing and does not necessarily entail
removing a child from the home," notes the ARPA analysis.
But "MPPs reviewing the bill would do well to examine
and to clarify what kind of services are contemplated by this
REAL Women also blasted Bill 89 as another instance of Premier
Kathleen Wynne imposing “her ideological views on innocent
Removing the religious convictions of the parents as the factor
to be considered and deferring to the child’s creed
“will create conflict within the family.”
The child may clash and seek protection from parents “over
such issues as abortion, gender identity or even assisted
suicide if the child decides that is what he/she wishes,”
noted a REAL Women analysis.
“The inclusion of children in the assisted suicide legislation
is currently being heavily advocated.”
Under Bill 89, the “CAS is required to ‘consult
with the child’ in accordance to his/her age and maturity,”
REAL Women stated.
The bill lists the rights of the child in detail but “provides
no balancing provisions outlining the rights of a parent.”
“Children, of course, need to be protected from genuine
abuse, but this proposed legislation is an open door for the
State, rather that the parents, to control the child’s
destiny, and, to mold the child in accordance with the State’s
ideology,” REAL Women said.
Bill 89 also gives the minister unprecedented authority to
issue compliance orders to CAS boards, according to REAL Women.
If a CAS does not obey the order, the minister “may
appoint or replace the members of the Board of Directors of
the CAS and also replace the Society’s Chair, and appoint
a supervisor to operate the Society.”
The CAS “had always been a part of the community in
which the child is living.”
People “interested in the welfare of children”
join the local CAS and elect “a board of directors who
determine policy and hire employees who would reflect their
community and its values.”
Under Bill 89, the “board of directors is to be a mere
rubber stamp for the ideological views of the government.”
Johanne Brownrigg, director of public affairs for Campaign
Life Coalition, says the “cumulative effect of Bills
28 and 77, and now Bill 89 will permit a grave overreach into
family lives by the state.”
“It will eventually destroy trust between family members
and strengthen the role of teachers as agents of the state,”
she told LifeSiteNews in an email. “Remember this social
experiment is being built on their foundation: the controversial
engineering will be felt for decades to come.”
That Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown “has
not mounted as single objection to any of these bills”
is “equally disturbing,” Brownrigg said.
Brown’s “focus on gaining power has allowed these
bills to pass easily and without thoughtful robust debate
on their ramifications.”
PAFE’s Granic Allen is on a 17-city tour of Ontario
with Queenie Yu, founder of the Stop the New Sex Ed Agenda
Party, of info and action sessions on a number of threats
to the family, including Bill 89.
“There is still one more vote on it, so people need
to contact their MPP and tell them to stop it,” she
told LifeSiteNews said.
Granic Allen also urged people to sign the PAFE petition,
which has 3,389 signatures to date.