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.”