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Misleading polls could lead to more damaging federal policies

From LifeSiteNews

By Jonathon Van Maren

When an Alberta school decided to implement gender-neutral bathrooms in 2017, many students avoided them because, as any idiot knows, boys and girls generally feel uncomfortable doing their work in a stall next to someone of the opposite gender.

It’s still surreal sometimes to think about what a news story is in 2024. Imagine telling your grandparents, or even your parents 20 years ago, that this would be breaking news across the board – Global News, the Globe and mailthe national broadcaster – that a provincial government had issued a directive… that bathrooms and locker rooms in schools would be specifically designated for boys or girls.

Yet here we are. On May 1, Quebec’s new rules banning the implementation of shared, “gender neutral” or “all-gender” bathrooms came into effect, the result of a 2023 petition to protest the plan to make all bathrooms gender neutral in D ‘Iberville High. school in Rouyn-Noranda. At the time, Prime Minister François Legault instructed Family Minister Suzanne Roy to set up an advisory committee to investigate; recommendations are expected in winter 2025.

But Education Minister Bernard Drainville, perhaps realizing how ridiculous it is that an advisory committee should be set up – and then take a year – to determine whether or not teenage boys and girls need their own toilets, decided to press on go and ‘correct course’. ”, citing the need to protect young girls from discomfort and harassment. When news broke that a Quebec high school in Rouyn-Noranda began working on gender-neutral bathrooms, Drainville decided to address the issue through a directive.

The very existence of such a sensible, common sense guideline shows how insane our culture has become; Mandating male and female bathrooms is not something you had to do explicitly in the past. The guideline also stipulates that every student who wants to use an individual toilet must be able to do so. According to Drainville, the guideline is necessary. “It is a matter of well-being, privacy and respect for private life,” he said.

The CBC, of ​​course, promptly tracked down a number of LGBT activists who predictably opposed the policy. “(The guideline) is not well balanced because it stigmatizes children who are a little bit different,” said Mona Greenbaum, co-director of LGBT+ Family Coalition. “We know from all kinds of research that it is very harmful for young people if their gender identity is not confirmed.” The most recent study, of course, is the British National Health Service’s Cass Review, which effectively concluded that the so-called ‘affirmative model’ is ‘very harmful to young people’.

Jennifer Maccarone, an often hysterical LGBT activist and member of the National Assembly, serves as the Liberal Party’s critic for “the 2SLGBTQIA+ community” and argued that the guidance contradicted a 2021 guide for schools published by the Ministry of Education, which includes the idea of ​​gender-neutral spaces. “Does the government still hold on to their document?” Maccarone demanded to know this during a press conference. Drainville’s directive is pretty clear, so it appears the answer to her question is “no.”

It is thanks to people like Maccarone that such guidelines are necessary at all. When an Alberta school decided to implement gender-neutral bathrooms in 2017, many students avoided them because, as any idiot knows, boys and girls generally feel uncomfortable doing their work in a stall next to someone of the opposite gender. Lines began to form outside the gender-specific bathrooms, and students walked throughout the school to avoid using the gender-neutral bathrooms. Girls even risked dehydration and bladder infections rather than go to the toilet with men.

Of course, none of that matters to Maccarone and the LGBT activists. Their agenda is far more important than the comfort and safety of students – especially girls. Their complaints and their stories are never even taken into consideration. Fortunately, it seems that healthier heads are finally prevailing.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages ​​and published widely online and in print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN and the CBC, as well as dozens of radio stations and news media in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide range of cultural topics in North America at colleges, high schools, churches and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the sexual revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Simon Fraser University and is communications director for the Canadian Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was published in 2016.