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76% of Manitobans Feel Parents Must be Informed if Child's Wishes to Identify Differently

Monday, August 28, 2023 - According to a new Angus Reid Institute Poll, people across Canada and Manitoba overwhelmingly believe parents should be informed if their child wants to change their gender identity or pronouns.

Earlier in August, the PC Party of Manitoba announced they would make changes to ensure parents know what is happening at their children's school, including a gender and pronoun policy based on consultation with parents.

Recently, Saskatchewan joined New Brunswick in adopting a new gender and pronoun policy for schools, which would require parental consent for students who wish to change their preferred names or pronouns.

The Angus Reid Institute asked people across the country, including Manitoba, what level of parental involvement is necessary when it comes to children's preferred identification.

On their website, the Angus Reid Institute said that those in Atlantic Canada are the least likely (34%) to believe parental consent should be necessary if a child wishes to change their gender identity in school. The most likely (23%) to say parents should be kept in the dark about their child’s preferred pronouns if that’s what the child wishes. At the other end of the spectrum are those in Saskatchewan, where half (50%) say parents should be informed and should agree to any changes to their child’s gender identity in schools.

Prime Minister Trudeau spoke out against the policy, saying, “trans kids in New Brunswick are being told they don’t have the right to be their true selves, that they need to ask permission.”

Among the four Federal Parties, NDP supporters overwhelmingly say parents should neither be informed nor have a say - it's up to the child.

Neither the Manitoba NDP nor Liberals have taken a position on the issue. The Liberals are a close second.

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