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Policy Announcement on Radical Gender Ideology

Maxime Bernier - Press Conference - Winkler, May 23, 2023

With the active support of the woke far left and all establishment parties, including Pierre Poilievre and the fake Conservatives, radical trans activists are trying to destroy one of the key building blocks of a healthy society – the distinction between men and women. This evil agenda, which contradicts basic biological realities, is particularly harmful to women and children.

In recent years, cultural Marxists and radical activists in the media, government, and schools have made every effort to normalize toxic transgender ideology. They teach children that stereotypes determine their gender, and if they do not fit into the traditional male or female gender roles, they encourage them to think they were born in the wrong body.

Children are never born in the wrong body. Children should be taught to accept themselves, not seek solutions through pharmaceuticals and medical procedures.

Chris Elston, better known as Billboard Chris, is a father and activist trying to raise awareness about the danger of gender ideology. As he likes to say: “There's only two sexes, zero genders, and infinite personalities. Just because a little girl plays in the dirt, or enjoys sports, does not mean she's a boy. She's a beautiful young girl. There is no such thing as a ‘transgender child’”.

Most boys and girls suffering from gender dysphoria simply grow out of it. Many suffer from other mental issues, such as autism, or are under the temporary influence of a phenomenon of social contagion.

Bill C-4, which was unanimously adopted by all parties in the House of Commons in 2021, including the fake Conservatives, criminalizes parents and therapists who try to help minors with gender dysphoria accept who they are. In effect, the law bans “conversion therapy” in one direction, but allows it in the other. It is illegal to treat children for a mental disorder, but it is legal to encourage them to undergo “gender affirming therapy” and mutilate their bodies.

Taking puberty blockers at a young age will transform their body and sterilize them for life, when they are too young to evaluate the impact of such a momentous decision. Sex change surgeries cause many complications and require lifelong treatments. More and more trans people who underwent such surgeries regret it later in life and want to “detransition”, but it’s tragically too late.

Cultural fads like Drag Queen Story Hours promote this ideology among children and make it appear normal to identify as the other sex or as different invented genders.

Last week, I met parents who are trying to get books removed from school libraries that promote gender ideology and contain inappropriate pornographic images. There is actually an article in the Criminal Code that says it’s illegal to make such images available to minors. Why is it not enforced? I will also attend a board of trustees meeting in Brandon this evening with concerned parents, where this issue will be discussed.

Women’s rights and security are being trampled to accommodate men pretending to be the other sex. As a result, women are encountering men in changing rooms and bathrooms. Violent male criminals are being incarcerated in women’s prisons. The transfer to women’s prisons of male inmates who self-identify as women has been standard practice in Canada since it was introduced by the Trudeau government in 2018. It has resulted in male criminals with histories of sexual abuse being housed alongside female inmates, with several cases of violent behaviour being reported in the media.

There is a particularly horrific case in British Columbia involving a man, Adam Laboucan, who raped a three-month-old boy when he was 15 years old. He drowned a 3-year old boy. He became Canada’s youngest violent sex offender when he was sentenced to prison at 17 years old. After he started identifying as a woman and changed his name to Tara Desousa, he was transferred to the Fraser Valley Institution for Women in Abbotsford. This is a minimum security prison with a Mother-Child Program.

It’s unbelievable that this can happen in our society today. Instead of protecting our most vulnerable, Justin Trudeau’s insane woke policies put women and children at risk, while accommodating violent rapists who pretend to be the other sex. Pierre Poilievre’s fake Conservatives have nothing to say – they even signal to trans activists that they want their support!

Women also have to compete unfairly with biological men in sports. A few weeks ago, for example, a bearded pro powerlifter, who has decided he is actually a woman, entered a women’s competition in Lethbridge. He smashed a record held by another so-called transgender powerlifter who was watching on. I’m not joking! Canada in 2023 is stranger than fiction! This is not only totally unfair for the real women participating in these competitions. It’s absurd. It’s ridiculous. It’s an insult to our intelligence.

Gender ideology is even transforming our language. Bill C-16, adopted by the Liberal government in 2016 and famously opposed by Jordan Peterson, recognized gender self-identification and opened the door to compelled speech. Since then, businesses and government agencies have banned the use of words like “woman” and “mother” in favour of “menstruating people” and “birthing people”.

While adults can make whatever choices they want regarding their sex and gender identification, Canadians who believe there are only two immutable sexes and genders must not be compelled to adapt their language and behaviour to accommodate woke gender ideology.

The normalization of radical gender ideology will have a catastrophic impact on women and children if we do not reverse course soon. That is why I am releasing this official PPC policy today. The People’s Party is the only party taking this issue seriously. None of the establishment parties, including the fake Conservatives, have anything to say about it. On the contrary, they support these disastrous policies and trends.

It is completely unacceptable that not a single elected MP is brave enough to stand up for women and children, and basic biological realities! I have been speaking out against this madness for many years already, and I will continue to speak out against it in Parliament once I am elected MP for Portage-Lisgar.

First, a PPC government will modify the Criminal Code to outlaw the use of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and any form of bodily mutilation on minors with the goal of “transitioning” to another sex. Moreover, any person encouraging minors to “transition” will be held criminally responsible for attempting to cause harm.

We will remove the ban imposed by Bill C-4, the so-called “conversion therapy bill”, that is preventing parents and counsellors from helping minors who suffer from gender dysphoria accept their body.

We will strictly enforce section 163.1(1)(b) of the Criminal Code in order to remove inappropriate pornographic content from schools and libraries.

We will protect women’s spaces – bathrooms, changing rooms, shelters, and prisons – from intrusion by biological men.

We will maintain separate competitions for women in which biological men cannot participate in sports regulated and funded by the federal government.

We will abolish federal programs that fund sex change operations for civil servants and prisoners.

And finally, a PPC government will repeal Bill C-16, the bill that added gender self-identification as ground for protection against discrimination.

Most people living in this riding support these policies. They have a choice on June 19: They can support a fake Conservative who, like the rest of his party, will say and do nothing; or to elect someone who is not afraid to speak up against radical gender ideology and to fight to protect women and children. Thank you.

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