Clark thanks Safe Schools Alberta, MLAs Blakeman and Hehr for LGBTQ Advocacy
Posted on March 10, 2015 by Katherine Taylor
Alberta Party leader Greg Clark expressed his strong support for the amendments to Bill 10 passed earlier today.
“Requiring school boards to enable students to form gay-straight alliances, which are known to be effective at protecting LGBTQ students, is an important step towards dignity and respect for all Albertans, ” said Clark. “It was 100% the right thing to do.”
“The final push to stop the PCs from passing Bill 10 last fall would not have been possible without the grassroots activism started by Safe Schools Alberta, which resulted in over 8,000 emails protesting Bill 10 sent to the Premier and Gordon Dirks,” said Clark. “I want to thank Richard Einarson for his tireless work creating www.safeschoolsalberta.ca and the thousands of Albertans who signed on and stood up for what was right.”
“I also want to recognize MLAs Laurie Blakeman and Kent Hehr for championing this important issue and keeping it on top of the agenda,” said Clark. “It was clear from the outset that both Motion 503 and Bill 202 were the right thing to do. I’m glad to see the PCs’ have finally recognized LGBTQ students’ right to dignity, respect and safety in school.”
“I want to welcome the PCs to the 21st century,” said Clark. “After months of dragging their feet on the issue of protecting LGBTQ students from discrimination they did the right thing. I couldn’t be more proud of Albertans for letting their voices be heard. This victory belongs to Albertans and makes our province a better place.”