The issue of parental consultation became a central focus of those opposed to the sex-ed curriculum, a revamp of 15-year-old lessons that covers issues such as same-sex relationships, gender identity and cyberbullying.
Ford also took a swipe at his party saying that under former leader Patrick Brown, even PC members were shut out of discussion.
He said if elected leader, “I will take this issue to the party, to parents, and to the voters. I will remain firm on this issue.”
In 2016, Brown acknowledged it was a mistake to hold talks with the social conservatives before the Scarborough-Rouge River byelection, during which a letter was sent out vowing to “scrap” the updated lessons. He later published a piece in the Star, saying he supported the changes.
Mulroney spokesperson Alexandra Day said that “as Caroline is a mom with four kids in elementary school, she believes that parents absolutely have to have a strong voice in how their children are educated. That was one of the things that was so infuriating for parents when (Premier) Kathleen Wynne changed the curriculum — they weren’t adequately consulted.