The chief commissioner of the controversial Ontario Human Rights Commission opened the door to the possibility last month that the McGuinty government’s ‘gay rights’ bill could be applied to the province’s private schools.
In her May 15th submission in support of Bill 13, Barbara Hall claimed that Ontario’s human rights code is the province’s “highest law,” and argued that “all schools-including public, Catholic and private-have a legal duty to provide students with an educational environment free from harassment and other forms of discrimination.”
The government’s “anti-bullying bill”, which could be voted on any day now, has faced intense opposition from parents and pro-family advocates who believe its hyper-focus on homosexual-related bullying represents a threat to parental rights and religious freedom.
The bill mandates homosexual clubs – and now “gay-straight alliances” – for all publicly-funded schools, including Catholic schools, though Hall’s comments have raised concerns that the OHRC may apply it to private schools as well.
According to Brian Lilley, the host of Sun News Network’s Byline, Hall’s remark “means that even if Catholic schools stop taking money over the imposition of gay-straight alliances they will still have to allow them in Barbara Hall’s world.”