For the 2011 Ontario election, Jer’s Vision surveyed all the provincial parties with 10 quesitons that were relevant for youth.
Here are the responsese from the:
Green Party of Ontario
NDP Party of Ontario
Ontario Liberal Party
The 10 questions were:
- Bullying is still a big issue till today. In many schools across the province, there are many cases where kids are bullied for being a part of the LGBTQ community. They are feeling unsafe at school, being verbally, sexually and even physically harassed. What are you going to do about this issue?
- Additionally, queer parents also face challenges from schools. Students are given projects (like family tree projects) and it becomes a struggle for some parents to get hesitant administrators to accommodate or recognize same sex couples. What are your solutions for this matter?
- In many countries, that also include Canada, it is a criminal offence to not disclose your HIV status to others before engaging in behaviours that risk transmitting it. The criminalization of HIV transmission: increases HIV transmission and reduces testing. What do you think about this problem and what would you do to change that?
- Sex reassignment surgery is not fully included in the provincial health insurance What solutions do you propose for this issue?
- At the end of 2008, there was an estimate of 65,000 people in Canada living with HIV. How do you plan to lower these numbers?
- Canada has anti-sex work laws. Canadians should be free to have sex however they want, as long as it’s consensual. What are your views on this law? How would you resolve this problem?
- Although many parents find it uncomfortable that their children are learning sex-ed, it is very important to have an age appropriate and non-judgemental sex education class that includes both gay and lesbian sex. Research indicates that it improves health outcomes for youth. What would you do to make this happen?
- GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) is student-run club that brings together LGBTQ and straight students to support each other, fight homophobia and transphobia and provide a safe environment. Not many schools have these clubs and in some, they are banned. How do you feel about this, and what would you do to change it?
- Not many gay athletes live out their lives proudly. We want to make it easier for them to do so because who you like does not affect your skills/talent. By finding a way to solve this problem we are also changing the culture of sport to be a more accepting, and also the homophobia in fans and sport critics. Do you support this idea, and what solutions do you have?
- Canada’s funding formulas are excluding queer groups. An example cultural funding from the government of Ontario. How do you plan to resolve this matter?