levincanadaFurther evidence of the organised and international nature of child pornography has emerged sensationally in Toronto over the last week. Benjamin Levin (left) A former deputy minister of education has been charged with exploiting children.  The former education minister, Kathleen Wynne, is now the provincial premier…..and a close friend of the accused. Levin himself is in turn from a powerful family, and was apprehended as part of an international pornography sting operation.

After he was charged with two more child pornography offences on Wednesday 10th July, University of Toronto professor Benjamin Levin was granted bail set at $100,000. Levin will face seven charges of child exploitation, including possessing and accessing child pornography following a Monday raid on his home. (Bad luck for him that Michael Gove wasn’t there to get him off.)

Toronto Premier Kathleen Wynne, on whose ‘transition’ team Levin served, commented on his arrest for the first time yesterday.

“I was shocked to hear about these charges through the news,” her statement said. “Insidious crimes like these are absolutely terrifying. The safety and well-being of our children has always been my absolute priority, and at no time did I have any suspicion of criminal behavior. I am confident that the police and judicial system will address these serious allegations.”

Note the quite unfeasibly large amount of arse-covering that went into that statement. Wynne – an aggressively feminist lesbian – stressed her former adviser had no role in formulating the sex-education curriculum; but there appear to be huge doubts about her claim. It was after all her revamp of the sex education guidelines when she held the education portfolio that was dropped in 2010 after some religious groups objected to it as too risque. And as she brought him onto the transition team, why would he be concerned with everything but sex-education…him being an educator, an’ all.

Levin next appears in court on 8th August.

Wynne continues to insist that he had nothing to do with the sex education curriculum, but her rationale for this seems decidedly odd

“……they’re shocking allegations. I’m not minimizing that at all, but ministers and deputy ministers don’t write curriculum,” she told reporters, “I worked with Ben Levin, I knew Ben Levin, and that makes it doubly shocking to me that these allegations and charges have been made. So the criminal justice system has to do its work. Ben Levin was asked to be on my transition team because I had worked with him and because he was involved in transition in Manitoba and he knew the workings of that process. So I am shocked. Any crime of this nature is a crime against all children and if these allegations are true, then it’s a real tragedy.”

Again, although bleeding profusely all over the carpet there, it seems bizarre for Wynne to say he had transition experience, was an expert, and so was drafted in….and then went off to sharpen his pencil every time sex-education policy came up. Given that her predecessor had reversed Wynne’s ideas on the subject, surely that would be a key debating point concerning the transition from his administration to hers?

The real concern for all those trying to break up the globalised nature of child pornography is that Levin was arrested after an international police investigation stretching from New Zealand to England. It is expected that more details of this will emerge during his trial, but sources at present suggest that Benjamin Levin was snared because materials in Christchurch New Zealand were traced back to “a suspect” in Toronto.

Equally familiar, however, is Levin’s position as very probably part of a ‘help network’ of powerful people. Prominent Canadian blogger Kathie Shadle notes in online vehicle Taki’s Magazine notes that one of the charges against the senior education consultant involves “counseling someone online on how to commit a sexual assault on a child.” She adds pointedly, ‘[Levin] belongs to a prominent, powerful family. One of his brothers was the long-time career-making books editor of the nation’s most prestigious paper; another was Canada’s ambassador to Cuba.’ The Left-leaning ‘progressive’ nature of the family is also suggested by the fact that Levin lectured at the renowned hard-left breeding ground, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Kathie also adds an interesting twist to the story by suggesting that Benny Boy was using his power as much as Kathleen Wynne’s to get the religious objections to her mad sex education guidelines quietly pushed through anyway:

‘…he was the civil-service CEO while his fellow “educators” fought (and failed, thanks to parental objections and conservative media mockery) to launch a radical new sex-ed curriculum….Six-year-olds were to learn about “gender identity,” third-graders about “sexual orientation,” and 11-to-13-year-olds were to be taught the mechanics of oral and anal sex, as well as the wonderfulness of transgenderism’.

She also points put that, as well as education and family-power politics, Benjamin Levin’s chosen ‘hiding place’ was the Gay Pride movement…in which he was widely photographed a month ago….sitting at the side of touted next Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau….son of the famous former Premier Pierre Trudeau.

It’s all too depressingly familiar, and very reminiscent for me of the trail that led from the odd early views of Harriet Harman and her husband Jack Dromey, Harman’s unwillingness to reform the Family Courts (a fertile recruiting point for already damaged child-flesh) her silence on the subject today – and her fellow-travellers over the years such as homosexual-outer Peter Tatchell. Only today in Britain, evidence is emerging that Baroness Thatcher tried over and over again to get Jimmy Savile knighted: why on earth did she bother? Or was she just an appalling crap judge of male personality? Actually, cancel the question mark: she was a hopeless judge of male morals, full stop.

Indeed, Benjamin Levin moves in circles where the same loopy ideas are put forward today: his educational colleague Tom Flanagan, a lifelong libertarian boundary-pusher, wondered aloud in a classroom recently “whether or not merely viewing child porn in one’s own home should be a crime, [given that] such criminalization is a real issue of personal liberty. To what extent [should] we put people in jail for doing something in which they do not harm another person?”

Michael Gove is exactly of that opinion. And it feels to me like Kathleen Wynne may have using her equally “progressive” as a Trojan Horse.

The jury is out on whether all these people are just innocently Useful Idiots or have an odd agenda. We wait to see what the Ontario jury will decide to do about Levin next month.

Related at The Slog: Remember – the bulk of paedophilia isn’t systemic