Coteau calls on Toronto Catholic board to censure Trustee Del Grande

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QUEEN’S PARK–Michael Coteau, MPP for Don Valley East and former vice-chair of the Toronto District School Board, released the following statement in reaction to appalling comments made by Toronto Catholic school trustee Michael Del Grande:

“Trustee Del Grande’s comments and recent actions at the Toronto Catholic school board are simply wrong. He should unreservedly apologize and retract his comments.
 
If he refuses to apologize, the school board should censure him to the greatest extent permitted under their authority. 

As a Christian myself, I was always taught that we should work to include, value and support one another, especially the vulnerable, and so I take particular offence at the way he is using faith to promote a homophobic and transphobic agenda. 

We need to ensure every student feels supported in our schools. Publicly funded school must be safe spaces for LGBTQ2+ students and staff.”