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Head of parents’ advocacy group joins Ontario PC leadership race

Last Updated Feb 8, 2018 at 11:29 pm EST

Parents As First Educators president Tanya Granic Allen is seen in an undated file photo. HANDOUT/PAFE

The head of a parents’ advocacy group has joined the race for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.

Tanya Granic Allen, president of Parents As First Educators (PAFE), announced her bid in a post on the organization’s website on Thursday.

“That’s it — I’m in,” she wrote.

“We have to make sure that the protest of parents across this province isn’t falling upon deaf ears. We have to make sure the social conservative voice is being respected. We need our message to be conveyed loudly and clearly.

“I’m not sure any of the three declared candidates are going to be that strong voice — at least not yet.”

Granic Allen has been an outspoken critic of the Ontario Liberals’ sex-education curriculum — and former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown.

“I’ve always said that we need to get rid of the Kathleen Wynne Liberals,” she said in her post. “And you will remember my constant refrain: that the PC Party is not Patrick Brown’s property, and that sooner or later he would be gone. Well he’s finally gone! Now the PC Party needs a new leader — a leader who will STOP KATHLEEN WYNNE!”

So far, the province’s patient ombudsman Christine Elliott, lawyer Caroline Mulroney and former Toronto councillor Doug Ford have announced their intention to run.


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Another inexperienced wannabe politician, I’m sure her message about Wynne and Levins sex-ed program rings some bell with some people, it does with ours . But there’s much more at stake here and we need a politics savvy bulldog to go after Wynne, we’ve signed up and will vote for him.

February 09, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Brooster, I hear you. We certainly need a leader who can fight the whole gammit of poor politics. And that is obviously more than only social-conservative concerns. And to some, it has nothing to do with those, whatsoever.

But part of the point here is that social conservatives have a valuable voice that needs to be heard in both provincial and federal politics. Their voice can’t and won’t run the show, we know that. But it also can’t and musn’t be silenced or forgotten. It has it’s needed place.

And people like Granic Allen, if nothing else, can help return the face and sound of social conservatism to its rightful place in the party.
That is, there’s room for it at the table too.
That’s what Conservatism is, in part. Unlike the Liberals who basically say, “sing our tune or leave”. Worse, be penalized for not singing it exactly our way.

February 12, 2018 at 10:47 pm