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Ontario anti-bullying bill faces final vote today

06/05/2012 08:27 EDT | Updated 08/05/2012 05:12 EDT

Catholic schools and parents will soon come to accept the provisions of the government's anti-bullying legislation, according to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Catholic educators and church leaders oppose the bill because it requires schools to allow students to call anti-homophobia clubs gay-straight alliances if they wish.

McGuinty said the issue of protecting kids from bullying transcends all faiths and partisan politics.

He added Catholics would understand the true significance of the bill is to build a stronger, more cohesive society.

The Conservatives say McGuinty used the anti-bullying bill to intentionally trigger a debate over the funding of Catholic schools that they believe Ontarians do not want to have.

The New Democrats will support the Liberals when the bill comes up for third and final reading today before noon.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was concerned the original bill would have allowed schools to ban the use of the word gay in the titles of student clubs.

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