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Clark pleased to see his LGBTQ+ motion taken on by NDP

Posted on January 13, 2016 by Meagan Parisian

CALGARY - January 13, 2016 -  Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark is pleased to see that his motion, though not debated in the house, has been taken seriously by the Minister of Education.

“My motion was on the order paper this past session, and I was able to share my concerns with the Minister many times during the fall sitting,” said Clark.  “I was proud to argue for my motion, stating that Alberta's Minister of Education needs to step in to impose a uniform policy on any board that does not full implement Bill 10, including an acceptable sexual orientation and gender identity and expression policy, and included a firm deadline of March 31, 2016.”

The text of Clark’s motion was as follows:

Be it resolved that the Legislative Assembly urge the Government to require all public, separate, private, and charter school boards to implement Bill 10, An Act to Amend the Alberta Bill of Rights to Protect our Children, as passed by the Assembly on March 10, 2015 by adopting a detailed policy on or before March 31, 2016, containing clear guidelines for staff, students, and boards to address the specific challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and plus (LGBTQ+) students and if a board’s policy does not meet the legislated requirements as determined by the Minister of Education, the Minister shall impose an appropriate policy on that board.

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For an interview please contact:
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  • commented 2016-04-27 13:16:37 -0600
    This is a strike against you as a party and as a leader. These guidelines are draconian, unnecessary, will cost way too much to implement and are offensive to people of faith. This is a bad move. As someone on a school council, i am amazed at the people who support these bizarre amendments to a school system that has consistently ranked in the top five worldwide. Why break something that is excelling? This is not being asked for by the students themselves or their parents, but is being imposed from the Premier’s office, and has to do more with the erosion of parental rights than any bathroom issue.
  • commented 2016-01-28 21:31:16 -0700
    The phrases you have used, your words, not mine, which state:
    STEP IN TO IMPOSE a uniform policy on any school board”,
    REQUIRE ALL ….school boards to implement Bill 10”…“by adopting a detailed policy on or before March 31, 2016”,
    “and if a board’s policy does not meet the legislated requirements as determined by the Minister of Education, the Minister shall IMPOSE an appropriate policy on that board”,
    does not equate a voluntary policy.

    I oppose these guidelines/policies and the manner in which they have been legislated.
  • commented 2016-01-28 11:02:46 -0700
    So I will have you to thank when (not if) more kids get confused about their gender, put every girl into harms way and tempt every boy to a new bathroom adventure. Your party has lost any confidence I would have.
  • commented 2016-01-28 08:37:11 -0700
    I cannot fathom how someone would be proud to claim any connection with these guidelines, which take away safety for children and freedom from all. In all the political backward thinking I’ve never seen something so offensive to parents and children and so ignorant of those who should be leading us.
  • commented 2016-01-28 00:05:34 -0700
    Seriously? Have you read the guidelines? They undermind parent/child relationship and you’re okay with that? 10’s of thousands of parents are concerned about this.

    Are you going to put a motion forward for ALL kids who are at high risk in schools? What about children with disabilities, minorities, mental health, autism spectrum, etc. Are they worth lobbying for too? Why can’t we have polices/guidelines that are more inclusive? I use to believe in this party…

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