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Pre-emptively demonized by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; the leader of his allied socialist party, Jagmeet Singh; and other leftist politicians, the protesters emphasized Wednesday that educators have no business secretly grooming children and pushing radical gender ideology in the classroom.
The group that organized the protests noted on its website that it comprises people of diverse backgrounds and faiths who have come together to advocate for "the elimination of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) curriculum, pronouns, gender ideology and mixed bathrooms in schools."
In Canadian cities such as Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, thousands of protesters carried signs that read, "Leave our kids alone," "Hands off our kids," "Parental choice matters," and "You don't own our kids."
"I believe the system now is bullying us, and bullying our kids especially, and they're trying to push things into our kids' throats by promoting this SOGI and sexual orientation," Mahmoud Mourra, a local organizer, told the Calgary Herald. "We have nothing against them other than one request: the kids should be left alone. I'm not saying to force my ideologies on the kids, but don’t force your ideology on my kids."
Clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, whose wife, Tammy, spoke out at the protest, noted online, "Hey world[,] These are Canadian parents Opposing The liars and butchers ... of children under @JustinTrudeau."
"It's against humanity. They give kids rights to change their gender, but they are too young to understand," said Sara Algabron, a mother at the protests. "They are taking our rights and they are too young to make this decision. If they need to change their gender in the future, OK, but why now? They're kids."
Tensions over LGBT propaganda and the erosion of parental rights have been rising in Canada over the past several months.
TheBlaze previously reported that protests erupted in June after a trio of Ottawa-Carleton District School Board superintendents issued instructions telling teachers to use "they/them pronouns" when referring to all students, not just those with gender dysphoria.
As in other Canadian school districts, the superintendents clarified that "2SLGBTQ+ learnings ... are not open to debate or selective participation."
In one school in Edmonton, Alberta, Muslim students were reportedly told they "can't be Canadian" if they refused to participate in LGBT events.
It appears as though a significant number of Canucks have been pushed too far.
Thousands showed up in the nation's capital Wednesday to make their opposition to LGBT propaganda in the classrooms heard. Their numbers reportedly greatly dwarfed their opposition, who, ostensibly not content with having an entire "Pride Season" to advance their agenda, sought to drown out the voices of concerned parents.
Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe denounced the peaceful anti-grooming protesters, stating, "I respect the right to protest, however the specific targeting of 2SLGBTQIA+ children for being who they are has no place in our city. The protests taking place today will only cause harm to youth who are looking for our support and acceptance. I stand with Ottawa’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Please know that you are valued and are always welcome here."
Trudeau, whose government discussed possibly using German-made Leopard 2 tanks against unarmed peaceful protesters last year, tweeted, "Let me make one thing very clear: Transphobia, homophobia, and biphobia have no place in this country. 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."
Jagmeet Singh, the socialist multimillionaire who runs Canada's eugenicist-founded NDP, joined counter-protesters in Ottawa, carrying a rainbow banner that said, "Pride not prejudice."
Referencing the new requirements in the provinces of New Brunswick and Saskatchewan that require students to get parental consent before teachers can use their made-up pronouns and preferred first names, Singh claimed, "We've seen a lot of attacks on vulnerable people, attacks on the queer community, the trans community," reported the Ottawa Citizen.
Lyra Evans, the transvestite chairman of the scandal-plagued Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, similarly attended the counter-protest, saying, "There are signs saying 'Leave kids alone.' ... That's somewhat ironic given they're trying to police what kids can and cannot do."
While puberty blockers and sex-change operations render victims sterile, one protester told the Citizen, "I think trans kids are the future. They bring love into the world where there is so much hate."
Similar protests and counter-protests turned up in various other cities, including Edmonton, Alberta.
Jason Schilling, president of the Alberta Teachers' Association, told the Herald, "Using 'parental consent' as camouflage, this rally was part of a coordinated strike across North America to promote misinformation, intolerance, and hate toward the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, as well as toward teachers who work to protect the safety and well-being of all students."
Rachel Notley, Alberta's former premier whom voters overwhelmingly rejected in 2019, claimed, "Those who seek to normalize trans hate will then move on to racism and misogyny. We can’t let that happen."
The organizers of the One Million March for Children indicated on X, "The Canadian people, who are truly awesome, embody the incredible spirit that makes our country great, and that spirit shines brightly in all of you. Rest assured, we are not here for a fleeting moment; our commitment is to amplify our voices even further as we move forward."
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.