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‘A really dark moment’: Canadians react to Poilievre’s comment on Trudeau’s LGBTQ+ post

Canadians had a lot to say on social media after Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre claimed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was “demonizing” parents following recent rallies over LGBTQ+ school policies.

Trudeau took to X, formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday with a strict message reminding people that transphobia, homophobia and biphobia have “no place” in Canada.

“We strongly condemn this hate and its manifestations, and we stand united in support of 2SLGBTQI+ Canadians across the country — you are valid and you are valued,” the Liberal Party leader wrote.

But Poilievre responded with his own thoughts on Friday afternoon, condemning Trudeau for how he “always divides to distract from all he has broken” in a post that’s been seen more than 1.5 million times.

“This time, he is demonizing concerned parents,” Poilievre penned. “Parents should be the final authority on the values and lessons that are taught to children. Trudeau should butt out and let parents raise their kids.”

Thousands of people participated in counter-protests across Canada on Sept. 20, after

Both comments come after thousands in cities like Ottawa, Halifax and Vancouver participated in protests and counter-protests regarding LGBTQ+ policies in Canadian schools.

This past summer, leaders in some Canadian provinces began announcing changes to school policies that would impact queer students, particularly those who are transgender or non-binary.

In June, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs announced new changes to a protective policy for queer students. Those changes mean teachers in the province will not be required to use the preferred names or pronouns of transgender or non-binary students under the age of 16 without parental consent.

Saskatchewan Education Minister Dustin Duncan announced a similar policy change in August, where teachers must seek parental approval before a student under the age of 16 can change their names or pronouns.

Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre has many Canadians divided after his recent comments on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's post following recent rallies over LGBTQ+ school policies. (Photo by Dave Chan/AFP via Getty Images)

According to an Ipsos poll released on Sept. 21, support for electing Poilievre as prime minister is rising amongst Canadians.

Four in ten people polled (40 per cent) view the Conservative Party leader as the best person to run the country. On the other hand, support for Trudeau remained stagnant at 31 per cent, while support for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh slid to 22 per cent.

While some users on X were supportive of Poilievre’s post on Friday, others called out the politician for his “unacceptable” remarks.

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