Catholic trustees on a collision course with Ontario’s Catholic premier, Dalton McGuinty
For his fearless campaign against bullying, Dalton McGuinty gets a gold star for effort. But the Premier’s final mark depends on how he handles his next test, coming soon to a school near you.
In today’s Ontario, generic anti-bullying clubs are political motherhood. The real flashpoint is anti-homophobia clubs, where high school students can show solidarity with gay classmates.
That’s why the Liberal government is pressing ahead with legislation forcing publicly-funded schools to approve “gay-straight alliances” — although, mindful of Catholic sensitivities, alternative names were left open to negotiation.
Rather than seek an enlightened, Jesuitical resolution, the trustees are tying themselves in theological knots. And placing themselves on a collision course with the province’s self-declared anti-bullying Premier — only the second Catholic ever elected to the position.