Peter Tabuns MPP, Toronto-Danforth

Government of Ontario


Published on August 31, 2023

QUEEN’S PARK – Marit Stiles, Leader of the Official Opposition and NDP MPPs Chandra Pasma (Ottawa West—Nepean) and Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre) held a roundtable discussion with education stakeholders to discuss strategies to ensure safe, respectful, well-resourced classrooms and academic success for students.

Following the meeting and in light of recent comments made by the Minister of Education regarding the safety and protections queer, Trans and gender-diverse students are afforded in Ontario’s classrooms, Stiles made the following statement:

“We want students to be supported and safe at school. As a legislator and as a mother, it has been deeply disturbing to see the recent rise in anti-2SLGBTQI+ rhetoric directed at our school communities. This has directly put the well-being of our students, staff and trustees at risk.

Instead of seeking to divide students, families and school communities, Doug Ford and Stephen Lecce should speak out against the rise in anti-2SLGBTQI+ hate and do more – not less – to maintain safe and welcoming schools for all students and staff.”