Labour groups from Saskatchewan will stage a rally at the legislative edifice on Tuesday. This comes as provincial legislators convene two weeks in advance to expedite the passage of a contentious legislative proposal.
Premier Scott Moe has pledged to enact the notwithstanding clause, responding to a King’s Bench judge’s provisional injunction. The injunction mandates a hold on an educational policy that insists students under the age of 16 must attain parental approval prior to modifying their declared gender pronouns or chosen names within an educational context.
The proposed policy has attracted criticism from diverse quarters, ranging from the provincial children’s advocate and Saskatchewan lawyers to Canada’s justice minister and LGBTQ2S+ organizations. Its detractors argue that it contravenes the Charter rights of children.
Moe characterized the injunction, which has been put in place until the court can adjudicate on the raised Charter issues in a suit initiated by the University of Regina Pride group, as an unjustifiable judicial overreach.
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour has extended a public invitation to unite with them on the steps of the legislative building. The scheduled hours for the group’s protest against the unneeded and reckless utilization of the notwithstanding clause are from noon until 2 p.m on Tuesday.
The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) articulated serious concerns regarding Premier Scott Moe’s employment of this clause. According to the SGEU, the move presents a dangerous threat to the rights of all Canadians. They further assert that allowing the disputed policy to undergo judicial scrutiny would be the appropriate course of action, were the premier truly confident of its legitimacy.
Moe, however, is under the impression that the majority of parents endorse the policy.
A constitutional review focused on the pronoun policy is scheduled to take place in court in November. The government intends to utilize the notwithstanding clause in the constitution to preclude any potential challenges.