Hundreds of demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed Wednesday morning in downtown Montreal during the “1 million children on March 4” demonstration which took place in several cities across the country.
Around 11:30 a.m., Montreal police said no arrests had been made despite heated exchanges between groups supportive and opposed to “gender ideology” in Canadian schools.
The march took place in front of the office of the Prime Minister of Quebec, François Legault, near the gates of McGill University, on Sherbrooke Street West. Protesters held signs reading “Protect Trans Kids,” “Then They Came for Trans Kids” and “Stop Disguising Your Hate as Concern.”
Other posters responded with “Keep innocence,” “Parents know best” and “Leave our children alone.”
Official event communications created by the group calling itself “1MillionMarch4Children” stated that participants “believe in the importance of protecting children from the teachings of gender ideology, s****l indoctrination and exposure to explicit s****l content.”
Quebec’s political cla*s faced questions about gender identity in schools recently after a Montreal school received threats after a non-binary teacher asked to use the honorific Mx — pronounced Miks — and that a school in the northwest of the province planned to provide gender-neutral toilets to students. for the 2024-25 school year.
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Quebec Education Minister Bernard Drainville said he would not convene a legislative committee on gender identity, saying it would expose the sensitive issue to political exploitation.
This came after Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon called on the government to hold legislative hearings to debate recent controversies, saying schools were at risk of being influenced by “left” ideas. radical.
Wednesday’s national protests were also tied to policies across the country, including in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, that require young people to get consent from their parents before teachers can use their preferred first and pronouns.
Some advocates say these policies are a violation of children’s rights and that transgender youth should not be outed to their parents by teachers.
Protests are taking place across the country on Wednesday, including in Ottawa, where thousands of people clash in front of Parliament Hill.
— with files from The Canadian Press
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