Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should “butt out” when it comes to parental rights and the debate around gender ideology in Canadian classrooms. 

The response came after Trudeau commented on the 1 Million March 4 Children by calling it hateful. 

The protest, which began on Wednesday and took place in a number of cities across Canada, saw thousands of protestors demonstrating against gender ideology being taught in schools and advocating for more parental say over curriculum.

“Let me make one thing very clear: Transphobia, homophobia, and biphobia have no place in this country. We strongly condemn this hate and its manifestations, and we stand united in support of 2SLGBTQI+ Canadians across the country – you are valid and you are valued,” Trudeau posted on X.

The protests were also denounced by NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Toronto mayor Olivia Chow. 

Poilievre however, remained silent on the issue over the last several days, as did members of his caucus.

It wasn’t until Friday that he responded to Trudeau’s comments on X.

“Justin Trudeau always divides to distract from all he has broken. This time, he is demonizing concerned parents. Parents should be the final authority on the values and lessons that are taught to children. Trudeau should butt out and let parents raise their kids,” Poilievre posted. 

The post received praise from many in the Conservative base, notably psychologist Jordan Peterson, who commented on Poilievre’s post by writing, “Yes. The Conservatives are growing a spine. Thank you.”