Queenie Yu or her principles can’t be bought. Strongly opposed to Wynne’s updated sex education curriculum, she kept fighting. But when the opposition Progressive Conservative Party sided with the Liberals, she started her own political party to run on family values issues.
Because Oosterhoff is a socially conservative Christian, accusations of homophobia rained down on him. But there are like-minded others, such as Toronto activist Queenie Yu, who has voiced the hostility to Bill 28 from within parts of the Chinese community. “Chinese immigrants didn’t expect the Wynne government would outdo the communists and get rid of mothers entirely,” Yu said. She and Oosterhoff were hardly the only opponents of this bill.
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Parents As First Educators’ spokeswoman Tanya Granic Allen has put a social conservative spin on the classic holiday poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
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As for those outside that “vast vast majority,” such as prominent so-con and anti-sex-ed crusader Queenie Yu, Brown may have burned a bridge. In September, Yu sparked the sex-ed letter snafu in which a letter bearing Brown’s signature promising to “scrap” the updated curriculum went out to voters in the Scarborough-Rouge River byelection, which Brown later called a mistake. Yu recently told QP Briefing that the PCs are losing so-con support with Brown at the helm.
Nov. 18, 2016 Equal parenting vote to test PC MPP to be Sam Oosterhoff
One group is calling Ooosterhoff to stand up against that socially progressive direction. Queenie Yu, an anti-sex-ed activist who endorsed Oosterhoff in the election, issued a press release to that effect on Friday morning.
“Now that Sam has won, I hope he won’t let Patrick Brown silence him,” said Yu, in the release. “Sam, if you are reading this – please vote against Bill 28! The parents of Ontario are counting on you to stand up for them!”
Nov. 12, 2016 Tories pinning hopes on 19-year-old to take Niagara byelection
“Please don’t let Patrick Brown silence you if you’re elected,” urged Queenie Yu, an independent candidate running against sex ed and Bill 28. Yu ran as an independent in the Scarborough Rouge River byelection Sept. 1 solely on the issue of repealing the sex-ed curriculum.
Nov. 10, 2016 NWG candidates have their say
Queenie Yu, leader of the Stop the New Sex Ed Agenda party, said she was running in the byelection not necessarily to become an MPP but to bring attention to the sex ed curriculum issue as well as Bill 28, which is designed to change the “Children’s Law Reform Act, the Vital Statistics Act and various other acts by removing the terms “mother” and “father”.
Yu answered almost every question – on issues from hydro rates to affordable housing – by referencing the two issues her party is focused on, and often praised Ontario PC candidate Sam Oosterhoff’s responses.
“I hope Sam is elected,” said Yu in her closing remarks before speaking directly to Oosterhoff urging him to oppose Bill 28 which she says is an attack on families and then urging voters to support him at the polls on Nov. 17.
Nov. 8, 2016 Niagara West-Glanbrook candidates tackle the issues
Yu, who spent most of the evening agreeing with whatever Oosterhoff said, also lambasted the sex-ed curriculum whenever she got the chance.
“Just because they reach a certain age doesn’t mean they’re ready to learn about certain subject matters,” she said.
She even managed to turn a question about how to lower electricity rates into a discussion about sex-education policy, saying the Liberals claim to make decisions based on evidence and science, and yet ignore evidence when it comes to reproduction.
Nov. 8, 2016 Tory and NDP candidates team up to trash Liberal candidate in Niagara West-Glanbrook byelection debate
“(Premier Kathleen) Wynne is not respecting the cultural differences,” said Yu, who said she is supporting Oosterhoff in the byelection. “Each child of Ontario is unique. Parents know their kids best.”
Yu said she is running in the byelection to get her message out about the sex education curriculum and opposition to Bill 28, which would eliminate the terms “mother” and “father” and replaced by “birth parent.”
Nov. 8, 2016 Niagara West-Glanbrook Tory MPP candidate avoids tough social conservative issues
In the Scarborough-River Rouge byelection in September, which the Tories won, a letter sent to Queenie Yu, an independent candidate, and who is a candidate in the Niagara West-Glanbrook byelection as the leader of the Against New Sex-Ed Agenda Party, stated if Brown won the 2018 provincial election he would scrap the curriculum.
Brown quickly disassociated himself from the letter and wrote an opinion piece in the Toronto Star where he supported the updated sex education curriculum.
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“A lot of parties agree on some of the major topics. Everyone agrees that hydro bills are too high. I don’t need to get into that,” says Elizabeth de Viel Castel. “My whole point in running is to send a message to the Wynne government and the (Progressive Conservatives) that there are a lot of parents who are very unhappy with the new curriculum and they’re very unhappy that they’re not being listened to.”
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Yu, who mostly discussed her opposition to the new provincial sex education curriculum, was the biggest surprise, revealing she supports Oosterhoff.
“I’m not looking to be elected here, I think Sam’s going to be elected,” she said.
And in later remarks, “I have a message for Sam. If you win, which I think you will, please don’t let (Ontario PC Leader) Patrick Brown silence you once you are elected.”
Nov. 7, 2016 Rookie PC candidate dodges questions about repealing sex-ed curriculum
“People who know Sam personally assure me that Sam is ‘our guy’ on the s/x-ed issue and that PAFE should support him,” wrote Parents As First Educators (PAFE) leader Tanya Granic Allen, in a recent email blast to supporters.
The group has endorsed Oosterhoff on that basis, she continued, but wants to know where he stands. PAFE is also running Queenie Yu as a single-issue anti-sex ed candidate, who has been encouraging Oosterhoff to speak out about his true beliefs on sex-ed.
Nov. 7, 2016 New Ontario sex-ed protest party puts two candidates in November 17 by-elections
“This is not an alternative party, it’s a protest party,” Granic-Allen told LifeSiteNews. “We want to make it very clear that every vote coming to this party is in direct opposition to this disastrous sex ed.”
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“I am a Roman Catholic, but I don’t think you need to be a person of faith to see objectively that it sexualizes children at too young an age,” de Viel Castel says. “It introduces oral sex and anal intercourse at age 12.”
Nov. 4, 2016 Sex-ed opponents plan to split conservative vote in Ottawa-Vanier
While Yu said she hasn’t spoke with Oosterhoff, she said she has been assured by mutual friends that the 19-year old candidate shares her values.
“I’d vote for him if I lived in the riding,” she said, noting her goal for the anti-sex ed party isn’t necessarily to win seats but rather to keep the issue in the public eye.
Nov. 4, 2016 All candidates on the ticket for twin byelections
Nine candidates are officially vying for Tim Hudak’s former seat in the Tory bastion of Niagara West—Glanbrook, including a candidate from Ontario’s newest political party devoted solely to sending a message about Premier Kathleen Wynne’s updated sex-ed curriculum. That would be Queenie Yu (pictured above), the independent, single-issue, anti-sex-ed candidate who placed fourth in the Scarborough—Rouge River byelection in September. She’s now running for the aptly monikered Stop the New Sex Ed Agenda party, although she says she is also backing Progressive Conservative candidate Sam Oosterhoff, a 19-year-old Brock University student with social conservative leanings – even if she’s sparred with his boss, PC Leader Patrick Brown, over his evolving stance on the curriculum.
Nov. 3, 2016 Niagara West-Glanbrook candidate wants to “expose” Tory leader Patrick Brown’s sex-education policy
Yu acknowledges that she wants Oosterhoff to win the byelection. But she also wants to provide “a voice” for people in the riding and “give them an alternative.”
“I don’t want to steal votes away from (Oosterhoff),” she said. “He seems like a good person and would do a good job if elected.”
Yu said she will not campaign in the riding.
Nov. 3, 2016 Anti-sex-ed activists form Ontario political party
The goal is not necessarily to win a seat, which is highly unlikely, but to send a message that opposition to the Liberal sex-ed curriculum is still alive, Yu said.
“Even though I’m not able to offer supporters a party that can form government, the point is that democracy isn’t just about winning seats in the legislature, it’s about being a voice for the public,” she said.
“When you look at the Green party, they’ve never won a seat but people vote for them because of what they stand for.”
Nov. 1, 2016 Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown accused of muzzling candidate on sex ed
Yu said she and other social conservatives believe Brown is not letting Oosterhoff speak to the media, so she’s running “to help voters see whether Brown is telling the truth or not.”
“I’m just being a voice for the issues that Sam believes in,” said Yu. “I believe that Sam is against sex ed, but he’s not allowed to talk about sex ed because of Patrick Brown.”
Nov. 1, 2016 Queenie Yu’s byelection bid aims to rally PC candidate to the so-con cause
The anti-sex-ed activist filed nomination papers with Elections Ontario this week, but is telling voters to cast ballots for 19-year-old Brock University student and Progressive Conservative candidate Sam Oosterhoff, whom she charges is being gagged by party Leader Patrick Brown and isn’t free to voice his so-con leanings that he has trumpeted on social media.
Oct. 24, 2016 Social Conservatives Bolstered After 19-Year-Old Student Wins PC Nomination In Niagara WestGlanbrook
“I am so impressed, not only with Sam, but with the PC membership in that riding. In saying ‘yes’ to Sam Oosterhoff, they also said a big ‘NO’ to Patrick Brown and to Brown’s declaration that the PC Party is a ‘socially liberal’ party. I hope Sam wins the byelection next month,” Yu added in an email.