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Team Prentice out of touch with Calgary Elbow voters

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Greg Clark

Minister of Education’s views on homosexuality a step backwards

Calgary, AB - September 16, 2014 - Gordon Dirks, newly appointed Minister of Education, has been a senior leader within two education institutions that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Albertans.

Premier Prentice, in his official act as Premier, appointed this Minister despite Dirks’ exhibited homophobia.

“Homophobia, whether it originates with religious belief or simple bigotry, is wrong,” said Greg Clark, Leader of the Alberta Party and candidate in Calgary Elbow. “Normally, this type of appointment would have opposition parties calling for Ministers Dirks’ immediate resignation. But Minister Dirks hasn’t yet been elected, so it’s now up to voters to send a message to this government by voting against Dirks, and against discrimination.”

“On this issue, like so many others, Jim Prentices’ PCs look exactly like the Wildrose Party. Calgary Elbow voters have a choice for real change with the Alberta Party.”

“Albertans sent a clear message against intolerance in 2012 and I know the residents in Calgary Elbow will not accept intolerance in 2014.” 

Clark asked Premier Jim Prentice not to trigger another costly byelection and require Dirks to run in the vacant seat in Calgary Elbow. 

“If Jim Prentice won’t run here I hope Minister Dirks runs in Calgary Elbow,” said Clark. “The PC Party claims to be fiscally conservative; if Dirks doesn’t run in Elbow I guess that doesn’t apply to the $200,000 cost of yet another unnecessary byelection.” “At every door, in every forum and on every telephone call, I’m going to ask Calgary Elbow voters if they support discrimination against LGBTQ Albertans. I know the answer. I am confident this is not a winning issue for the PC Party.”

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  • commented 2014-09-17 15:05:59 -0600
    Mr Drysdale, My challenge to you is to point out how the article is a damn poor argument when your only argument against it is purely based on the semantics. You did not address at all the nature of the article or it’s arguments. While “Homophobia” may not be a “phobia” in the academic sense, the fact is discrimination towards homosexuals, transgenders, and nonbinary gender identities is very real, regardless of what word is used to describe it. So putting aside the scholarly accuracy or inaccuracy of the word “homophobia,” please do then point out what is wrong with the article.

    Religion may be an excuse for thinking homosexuality is immoral, it is not an excuse for saying it’s okay to make students agree to not practice it – even in the privacy of their own homes away from campus. It is not an excuse for parents who chose public education for their children can have their kids excused from a class on diversity. They wanted that control, they could have home-schooled or chose private education. And of course, religion is never an excuse to hate. You may not agree with some things a person does, but that doesn’t mean you have to hate them if what they do isn’t harming anyone. I don’t want my tax dollars paying into an education system that says it’s okay to hate someone: this includes hating people because of sexuality, or hating someone because of religion. There is an easy middle road option so that both gays and Christians should feel safe.
  • commented 2014-09-17 04:01:45 -0600
    For those curious as to what’s being referred to here, I know one of them: he was the president of Rocky Mountain College, a faith-based Post-Secondary School in Calgary, in which students earning degrees in everything from theatre arts to psychology have to sign an agreement declaring they will not participate in certain activities. Included in these activities is homosexuality. (Yes, you have to sign a contract stating you will not practice homosexuality. Also banned: drinking and smoking, INCLUDING in your private life/off campus/ in your own home).

    My guess is the second one refers to trying to get religion taught at Public schools.

    An interesting message from Mr. Clark, but seems to border on close to personal attacks that could potentially alienate Albertans, even those who agree with his views. Be interesting to see if it pays off, but should Mr. Dirks run in Elbow, I’d hope this doesn’t become the single issue the entire campaign. It’ll take more than this to get the seat, and also show yourself to be a leader.
  • commented 2014-09-16 09:00:29 -0600
    Well said.

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