Tanya Granic Allen's social conservative charge to lead the PCs
Tanya Granic Allen is seen in this undated photo.
Chris Herhalt, CTV News Toronto
Published Thursday, February 22, 2018 5:23PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:44AM EST
An avowed social conservative, Granic Allen is president of Parents As First Educators (PAFE), an advocacy group claiming to have support of 80,000 people in Ontario who are opposed to Liberal changes to the sex-ed curriculum in public schools.
On its website, PAFE says it was founded “in response to changes taking place in the Catholic school system in Ontario that were of concern to many parents and in contradiction to Catholic teaching.”
But it now says it speaks for people of all faiths concerned about the changes.
In the TVO debate last week, Granic Allen largely stole the show from the other three participants — by deviating from boiler plate rhetoric to quip that perhaps grade school students would be achieving better math scores if they weren’t “talking about anal sex in the classroom.”
She said in the debate that she was running to stand up for “people who are opposed to the Kathleen Wynne sex-ed agenda, pro-lifers, free-speech advocates and other social conservatives.”
When not talking about the issue she herself say motivated her to run, Granic Allen said she also opposes a carbon tax, wishes to freeze the minimum wage at $14 per hour, and would keep the Liberals’ OHIP+ free prescription drugs for children and youth.