Canada has an obsession with gender laws.
This past June, Canada enacted Bill 89. It’s meant to strengthen protections for foster kids, but what it ends up doing is inserting Canada’s Human Rights Code into the situation.
Daily Signal explained:
Prior to Bill 89, social workers considered principles in a child protection case—principles like continuity of care, stable family relationships, and respecting cultural, religious, and regional differences.
After Bill 89, social workers attempting to assess a child’s situation must now consider the specifics of the Ontario Human Rights Code, including “[a] child’s or young person’s race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.”
With Bill 89, Human Rights Code language moves into the private domain of the family, but without including specific protections for conscience and religion.
The most serious and immediate risk is not that children will be arbitrarily removed from a home by some kind of gender police, but rather that prospective foster or adoptive parents who disagree with new gender ideologies will be less likely to be chosen.
This decreases the pool of loving families who can foster children, doing those kids a disservice. While statistics are hard to come by, in some communities in Ontario, it’s estimated that half of all foster families are practicing Christians.
The author of the bill and its biggest proponent is the Minister of Children and Youth Services, Michael Coteau. When Coteau introduced the bill earlier this year, he made a very disturbing statement:
“I would consider that a form of abuse, when a child identifies one way and a caregiver is saying no, you need to do this differently,” Coteau said. “If it’s abuse, and if it’s within the definition, a child can be removed from that environment and placed into protection where the abuse stops.”
Over the Summer we reported on bill C-16, which in essence criminalizes speech if one does not use the proper pronouns.
Back in the U.S., Governor Brown of California signed the controversial ‘Gender Recognition Act‘ into law in the middle of October.