The Ontario government’s anti-bullying bill passed on Tuesday. Students now can set up gay-straight alliances clubs in public and Catholic schools.
Toronto Sun reports
The Ontario Legislature has passed Bill 13 — a bill mandating that students be allowed to form a Gay-Straight Alliance in public and Catholic schools.
Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday he is convinced that his government’s anti-bullying legislation will become accepted in separate schools, despite concerns raised by Catholic educators.
“There are values that transcend any one faith,” McGuinty said. “And if you talk to parents, they’ll tell you. They want their kids to be respected and accepted, they want their schools to be caring places, ideally we’d like to see them as a bit of an extension of the home in terms of the comfort level that our kids might enjoy inside their school.”
The bill passed easily 65-36 and Education Minister Laurel Broten says the expectation is that it will be law when students return to school in September.
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