Ontario Moves to Ban ‘Mother,’ ‘Father’ on Government Forms
This is about making Ontario more inclusive," claims member of parliament
The Canadian province of Ontario is moving to ban the terms “mother” and “father” on government forms, an endeavor which follows in line with similar politically correct efforts across the globe.On Thursday, the Ontario legislature passed a motion which calls for striking the words “mother” and “father” from forms in the name of “inclusiveness.” “It’s a motion that’s out there to make sure that government is continuing to look at what we can do to progress and make sure forms are inclusive,” said the motion’s sponsor Glenn Thibeault, a Liberal MP from Sudbury, according to the Toronto Sun.
The motion would alter documents, “including, but not limited to replacing the terms ‘mother’ or ‘father’ with terms such as ‘parent’ or ‘guardian’ to better recognize the rights of LGBTQ parents and others,” The Sun reports.
Thibeault insists his motion’s focus is about creating forms which “better reflect the shape of modern families,” reports the National Post. “This isn’t about banning the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ that was mentioned by some members of the press gallery,” the MP said. “This is about making Ontario more inclusive.” The move, which will not affect birth certificates, is in the form of a non-binding motion, which would allow the Ontario government to make form changes at their leisure.
But some legislators, such as LGBTQ proponent MPP Cheri DiNovo, would like to see the government uphold “parental equality” by making the motion an official law. Other members of parliament, however, perceive the move as an underhanded attack on traditional gender and parent roles, and question why more form options, such as “parent” and “guardian,” couldn’t be added.
“While calling for more inclusive language, the member is calling for the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ to be excluded from government forms,” Progressive Conservative MPP Bob Bailey said. “If the member was really serious about being inclusive, he would be asking that words such as ‘parent’ and ‘guardian’ be added — I might add a stress on ‘added’— to government forms, not that the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ be excluded from them.”
A survey on the Toronto Sun’s article shows nearly 90% of those polled oppose Thibeault’s motion.