Halton MPs sign letter in support of Catholic school board flying Pride flag
On Friday, January 14, Halton MLAs penned an open letter urging the public to support Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) trustee Brenda Agnew’s motion to fly the pride flag.
On Tuesday, January 18, the HCDSB will meet to discuss again whether to fly the Pride Flag in June, during Pride Month. A similar motion was presented in the spring of 2021 but was ultimately defeated.
“As the federally elected representatives for Halton, we express our unwavering support for flying the flag,” the letter read. Oakville MLA Anita Anand, Burlington MLA Karina Gould, Pam Damoff (Oakville North-Burlington) and Adam Van Koeverden of Milton signed the letter.
“You will have the opportunity to vote on whether you allow your schools to fly the Pride flag this summer,” he also said.
The motion was met with opposition from the community. A member, named simply Elsa B. from the community, in a letter to the board said: “It is NOT okay to constantly push our little children to explore their sexuality and be who they are not. not.”
“I must admit I was deeply concerned by the news that this council was again considering starting a petition to fly the ‘Pride’ flag in all schools and council buildings from June onwards in perpetuity” , said resident Matthew Demeter in his letter.
Reverend Geoffrey Korz of the All Saints of North America Orthodox Church welcomed the raising of the Pride flag, provided that the flags of the countries of their worshipers (Serbia, Russia, Poland, etc.) are also included. .
“If council were to move forward with the current motion, members of our community would certainly be willing to seek such recognition from your council,” the letter from Reverend Korz read.
An HCDSB poll found that 70% of its members were strongly in favor of raising the flag. Only 6% opposed and 8% strongly opposed.