Moe says Saskatchewan to use notwithstanding clause over school pronoun policy

REGINA — Saskatchewan's premier says his government will use the notwithstanding clause of the Constitution and pass legislation this fall to ensure the province's pronoun policy remains in place.

Scott Moe’s comment comes after a judge granted an injunction to pause the policy that requires parental consent when children under 16 want to go by different names and pronouns at school.

Moe says he’s extremely dismayed by the injunction, calling it judicial overreach.

He says the policy has strong support from the majority of Saskatchewan residents and parents.

Moe says he will recall the legislative assembly on Oct. 10, when he will to use the notwithstanding clause, a provision that allows governments to override certain Charter rights for up to five years.

The judge who ordered the injunction says the protection of gender diverse youth surpasses the interest expressed by the government.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 28, 2023.

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