Niagara West-Glanbrook candidate wants to “expose” Tory leader Patrick Brown’s sex-education policy

News Nov 03, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Queenie Yu, who caused a political stir over scrapping the Ontario government’s updated sex education curriculum while running as an independent in the Scarborough-Rouge River byelection, has jumped into the Niagara West-Glanbrook byelection with her own party.

Called Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda party, Yu, who finished fourth in the Toronto byelection wants to “expose” Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown’s  position on removing sex education from the curriculum.

“I want to get to the bottom of (Brown’s sex education views),” said Yu.

In the aftermath of 19-year-old Sam Oosterhoff’s surprise win in the Niagara West-Glanbrook Tory nomination contest over former St. Catharines Tory MP Rick Dykstra, and Brown saying Oosterhoff “supports” his political agenda, including keeping the current sex education curriculum in place, Yu decided to speak out on the issue in the byelection.

She said social conservatives in the Niagara West-Glanbrook riding have written to her about how the Tory party is muzzling Oosterhoff’s views.

“I want to clear Sam’s name,” said Yu. “Sam is a social conservative. But now (Brown) has told him not to talk about it. People are upset with Patrick Brown on how he flipped flopped (on the sex education curriculum.).”

During a recent interview with Brown, he said Oosterhoff does “support” his agenda including keeping the sex education curriculum.

Oosterhoff has said that sex education and any “pro-family” messages were not being talked about during the byelection. Instead, he is discussing hydro rates and infrastructure issues with residents.

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.

Yu, who lives in Toronto, says she has yet to “step” into Niagara West-Glanbrook, and in a phone interview she was in Ottawa campaigning for the party’s candidate in the Ottawa-Vanier byelection.

During the Scarborough-Rouge River byelection, the Tories distributed 13,000 copies of a letter – in English and Chinese – under Brown’s signature that said the party would scrap Premier Kathleen Wynne’s updated sex education curriculum if elected in 2018.  

Soon after Brown claimed he did not approve the correspondence and apologized for the “mistake” in an online piece for the Toronto Star.

Yu, an independent candidate for the byelection, said she received the letter in an email from Brown’s chief of staff Nicolas Pappalardo.

When she received the letter, Yu said she knew Brown was involved in the writing of the document.

Brown’s apology was written for English-language media and was not distributed in other languages to the diverse electorate in the riding prior to voting. Yu said that meant a number of people went to the polls in September with the understanding Brown would follow through on his promise to scrap the sex education curriculum.

The Tory candidate Raymond Cho won the byelection with 9,693 votes, ahead of the Liberal candidate Piragal Thiru. Yu wound up ahead of the Green Party candidate with 582 votes and behind the NDP candidate Neethan Shan.

Yu says her new party is only focused on one issue and if things go well on the Nov. 17 byelection, she may take the party province-wide.

“I want to be a voice for the public,” she said. “Democracy sometimes isn’t about winning, but about getting your message out to people.”

Niagara West-Glanbrook candidate wants to “expose” Tory leader Patrick Brown’s sex-education policy

News Nov 03, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Queenie Yu, who caused a political stir over scrapping the Ontario government’s updated sex education curriculum while running as an independent in the Scarborough-Rouge River byelection, has jumped into the Niagara West-Glanbrook byelection with her own party.

Called Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda party, Yu, who finished fourth in the Toronto byelection wants to “expose” Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown’s  position on removing sex education from the curriculum.

“I want to get to the bottom of (Brown’s sex education views),” said Yu.

In the aftermath of 19-year-old Sam Oosterhoff’s surprise win in the Niagara West-Glanbrook Tory nomination contest over former St. Catharines Tory MP Rick Dykstra, and Brown saying Oosterhoff “supports” his political agenda, including keeping the current sex education curriculum in place, Yu decided to speak out on the issue in the byelection.

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She said social conservatives in the Niagara West-Glanbrook riding have written to her about how the Tory party is muzzling Oosterhoff’s views.

“I want to clear Sam’s name,” said Yu. “Sam is a social conservative. But now (Brown) has told him not to talk about it. People are upset with Patrick Brown on how he flipped flopped (on the sex education curriculum.).”

During a recent interview with Brown, he said Oosterhoff does “support” his agenda including keeping the sex education curriculum.

Oosterhoff has said that sex education and any “pro-family” messages were not being talked about during the byelection. Instead, he is discussing hydro rates and infrastructure issues with residents.

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.

Yu, who lives in Toronto, says she has yet to “step” into Niagara West-Glanbrook, and in a phone interview she was in Ottawa campaigning for the party’s candidate in the Ottawa-Vanier byelection.

During the Scarborough-Rouge River byelection, the Tories distributed 13,000 copies of a letter – in English and Chinese – under Brown’s signature that said the party would scrap Premier Kathleen Wynne’s updated sex education curriculum if elected in 2018.  

Soon after Brown claimed he did not approve the correspondence and apologized for the “mistake” in an online piece for the Toronto Star.

Yu, an independent candidate for the byelection, said she received the letter in an email from Brown’s chief of staff Nicolas Pappalardo.

When she received the letter, Yu said she knew Brown was involved in the writing of the document.

Brown’s apology was written for English-language media and was not distributed in other languages to the diverse electorate in the riding prior to voting. Yu said that meant a number of people went to the polls in September with the understanding Brown would follow through on his promise to scrap the sex education curriculum.

The Tory candidate Raymond Cho won the byelection with 9,693 votes, ahead of the Liberal candidate Piragal Thiru. Yu wound up ahead of the Green Party candidate with 582 votes and behind the NDP candidate Neethan Shan.

Yu says her new party is only focused on one issue and if things go well on the Nov. 17 byelection, she may take the party province-wide.

“I want to be a voice for the public,” she said. “Democracy sometimes isn’t about winning, but about getting your message out to people.”

Niagara West-Glanbrook candidate wants to “expose” Tory leader Patrick Brown’s sex-education policy

News Nov 03, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Queenie Yu, who caused a political stir over scrapping the Ontario government’s updated sex education curriculum while running as an independent in the Scarborough-Rouge River byelection, has jumped into the Niagara West-Glanbrook byelection with her own party.

Called Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda party, Yu, who finished fourth in the Toronto byelection wants to “expose” Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown’s  position on removing sex education from the curriculum.

“I want to get to the bottom of (Brown’s sex education views),” said Yu.

In the aftermath of 19-year-old Sam Oosterhoff’s surprise win in the Niagara West-Glanbrook Tory nomination contest over former St. Catharines Tory MP Rick Dykstra, and Brown saying Oosterhoff “supports” his political agenda, including keeping the current sex education curriculum in place, Yu decided to speak out on the issue in the byelection.

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She said social conservatives in the Niagara West-Glanbrook riding have written to her about how the Tory party is muzzling Oosterhoff’s views.

“I want to clear Sam’s name,” said Yu. “Sam is a social conservative. But now (Brown) has told him not to talk about it. People are upset with Patrick Brown on how he flipped flopped (on the sex education curriculum.).”

During a recent interview with Brown, he said Oosterhoff does “support” his agenda including keeping the sex education curriculum.

Oosterhoff has said that sex education and any “pro-family” messages were not being talked about during the byelection. Instead, he is discussing hydro rates and infrastructure issues with residents.

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.

Yu, who lives in Toronto, says she has yet to “step” into Niagara West-Glanbrook, and in a phone interview she was in Ottawa campaigning for the party’s candidate in the Ottawa-Vanier byelection.

During the Scarborough-Rouge River byelection, the Tories distributed 13,000 copies of a letter – in English and Chinese – under Brown’s signature that said the party would scrap Premier Kathleen Wynne’s updated sex education curriculum if elected in 2018.  

Soon after Brown claimed he did not approve the correspondence and apologized for the “mistake” in an online piece for the Toronto Star.

Yu, an independent candidate for the byelection, said she received the letter in an email from Brown’s chief of staff Nicolas Pappalardo.

When she received the letter, Yu said she knew Brown was involved in the writing of the document.

Brown’s apology was written for English-language media and was not distributed in other languages to the diverse electorate in the riding prior to voting. Yu said that meant a number of people went to the polls in September with the understanding Brown would follow through on his promise to scrap the sex education curriculum.

The Tory candidate Raymond Cho won the byelection with 9,693 votes, ahead of the Liberal candidate Piragal Thiru. Yu wound up ahead of the Green Party candidate with 582 votes and behind the NDP candidate Neethan Shan.

Yu says her new party is only focused on one issue and if things go well on the Nov. 17 byelection, she may take the party province-wide.

“I want to be a voice for the public,” she said. “Democracy sometimes isn’t about winning, but about getting your message out to people.”