Bruske: Canada’s unions strongly oppose Scott Moe’s use of the notwithstanding clause.
Canada’s unions are deeply concerned by Saskatchewan Premier’s decision to pass legislation that will violate queer and trans children’s rights to privacy and safety in schools.
In this climate of rising hate, our schools should be inclusive and a safe place for kids to learn, grow, and thrive—not a hostile place that outs kids to potentially unsupportive families.
Scott Moe does not have the best interests of children at heart, and he made it very clear by passing his education policy that directly violates the rights of children and young people.
Politicians must be held accountable to make evidence-based, compassionate decisions that prioritize human rights and support the protection of marginalized communities. Moe’s education policies ignore the reality of violence, harassment, and bullying we know many trans and gender-diverse youth face at home and in their communities.
“Scott Moe knew his education legislation violates the Charter of rights—but he did not care and went ahead with the Notwithstanding Clause to push it through anyway,” said Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “We cannot allow our governments to overstep their boundaries to push their personal agenda or use kids as political pawns,” added Bruske.
This sends a chilling message, not only to 2SLGBTQI+ people and communities but to all of us who might see our rights pushed aside for political gain. We’ve seen this before, from this Saskatchewan Party government, and the one before it. This Conservative government has a long track record of trying to circumvent people’s Charter rights.
Canada’s unions will not stand for Moe’s tactics using fear and division to distract people from the real issues in Saskatchewan. Standing in solidarity against hate and injustice has always been a cornerstone of the labour movement and we will continue to fight to protect people’s Charter rights.
To trans and queer kids and their families, to teachers and education workers who are doing their best to ensure a safe, inclusive learning environment: Canada’s unions have your backs.
“I am proud to be part of the fight against regressive legislation and in support of an education system where children and youth can be their authentic selves and learn, grow, and thrive,” added Bruske.
Canada’s unions will always fight for a fairer, just, and more equitable future for all— including children.