The Conservative Party of British Columbia (CPBC) has sparked controversy in the legislature for the second time this week, shedding light on concerns about parental rights involving the sexualization of children in B.C. schools. During the question period on October 4, Abbotsford South MLA Bruce Banman, who recently joined the Conservative Party of B.C., read from a sexually explicit book called “Eleanor & Park,” which he claimed was available in some school libraries.
The House Speaker intervened as Banman began reading the explicit passage, cautioning him to refrain from using such language. Banman apologized and acknowledged that as a grandfather, he found it deeply disturbing that children could be exposed to such degrading language in public school libraries. He then asked why books like “Eleanor & Park” were available to children as young as eleven years old.
Rachna Singh, the BC Minister of Education, rose to defend the presence of the book in schools, asserting that schools are safe, inclusive, and welcoming spaces. She argued that teachers use age-appropriate resources to provide important values and teachings.
Banman countered Singh’s response by questioning the inconsistency in deeming the language inappropriate for the legislative session but appropriate for sixth-grade students. It was discovered that while most copies of “Eleanor & Park” were distributed among middle and high schools, at least one copy was available in Burnaby’s Kitchener Elementary School. Further examination of the book revealed additional sexually explicit content.
Singh, without directly addressing the specific book, emphasized her support for making public schools safer and more inclusive. The Conservative Party of B.C. used its first question after obtaining official party status to express support for parents’ concerns regarding sexual indoctrination in state schools. CPBC leader John Rustad questioned Premier David Eby on October 3, asking him to acknowledge the concerns of parents regarding SOGI 123.
Premier Eby dismissed these concerns, implying they were less significant than other issues facing British Columbians, and criticized Rustad for raising the issue in the legislature.
The controversy surrounding the sexualization of children in B.C. schools has led to public demonstrations. The 1 Million March for Children, which opposes the sexual indoctrination of children, took place on September 20, with approximately 2000 protestors participating. Another march is scheduled for October 21. To provide comprehensive coverage of these demonstrations, donations can be made at StopClassroomGrooming.com.
Overall, the CPBC’s focus on parental rights and concerns regarding the sexualization of children in B.C. schools has generated significant attention and debate within the legislature. The issue has raised questions about appropriate learning resources and the role of schools in creating safe and inclusive environments for students.