An Ontario election ad placed in The National Post by Charles McVety’s Institute for Family Values is being protested around Canada.
This is a continuation of McVety’s campaign started last year against proposed revisions to Ontario’s sex ed program, including classic ‘family value’ false claims. A few:
-optional lessons aren’t mandatory
- like other Canadian provinces education is age appropriate
-teaching resource guide material is not curriculum
You can contact Enzo Loschiavo, Advertising Manager of The National Post.
The National Post’s manager of advertising sales Enzo Loschiavo says the newspaper has received many complaints about the ad and he’s not sure how it ended up in the newspaper.
“The Post wouldn’t generally run this,” Loschiavo says. “We’ll probably take a stance on not running it again.”
You can contact Advertising Standards Canada (14. Unacceptable Depictions and Portrayals)
The Canadian Values campaign is particularly disappointing given that the province has yet to restart consultations or reintroduce its new curriculum as it had promised when it postponed the launch last year.
I think Christians need to stand with GLBT and human rights activists in denouncing this latest attention grabber by McVety’s Institute for Canadian Values. No other media outlet in Canada ran this ad (think about that for a moment), nor has any media outlet promoted the running of this ad.* (*See comments – BD)
Update: Kudos. The National Post apologizes.
Update: The Toronto Sun runs McVety’s ad, slightly altered.
Update: During the Ontario provincial election the Tories put out flyers with similar claims to the McVety ads. The Toronto District School Board asked for an apology, the Conservatives say they won’t give one. A formal complaint will be filed, with the option of a lawsuit.