(Queen’s Park) The Hudak PCs voted today against new legislation that would protect our children from bullying – even after Tim Hudak publicly pledged to support new anti-bullying legislation, said Liberal MPP Laurel Broten.
“Instead of following through on his commitment to make schools safer, Tim Hudak insists on playing games, voting against new legislation to tackle bullying and protect kids,” said Broten.
Hudak repeatedly declared PC support for tackling bullying, but then inexplicably reversed course and voted against 2nd reading of Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act:
“It’s time we actually stood up and stood up to bullies and actually have real sanctions in the system … no matter what your background, your sexual orientation or your faith.”
- Tim Hudak media availability, Dec. 6, 2011
“We need to act together now to make sure that bullying is snuffed out.”
- Tim Hudak media availability, Nov. 30, 2011
"Here's something we all care deeply about. I think this gives us a chance to put aside the usual political gamesmanship and get something done."
- Tim Hudak to The Globe and Mail, Nov. 30, 2011
Instead of rolling up their sleeves to make our schools safer, PC dysfunction has prevented the legislation from proceeding to a vote for more than a month – using delay tactics like ringing the bells, banging on their desks and shutting down debate.
“We need the Accepting Schools Act in place for September so students have the protections and supports they deserve. Today, Hudak’s PCs are standing in the way of making that possible,” said Broten. “The PCs have no plan other than to oppose, proving once again that Tim Hudak is absent without leadership. Protecting our kids is too important for these political games.”
“Ontario Liberals are making the right choices to build a stronger economy that supports Ontario families,” Broten said. “Now, more than ever, we need to move forward together with the strong action needed to protect our kids and keep the economy on track.”