A B.C. Conservative MLA has raised questions about a book available in public schools with content that was deemed too racy to be read in the legislature.

Bruce Banman, MLA for Abbotsford South, asked the province’s education minister why the book “Eleanor & Park,” which includes sexually explicit material, was available in public schools for children as young as 11 years old.

“I stand here with parents in Abbotsford who are deeply concerned about sexually graphic and explicit content available in certain fictional books within our public school libraries to children as young as 11 years of age,” Mr. Banman said during the Oct. 4 sitting.

He read a couple of explicit sentences from the book and was chastised by the Speaker for the words.

“Member please do not use that kind of language,” Speaker Raj Chouhan said.

Mr. Banman apologized and retracted the words, saying he understood that the “language is deeply disturbing.”

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