Alberta’s premier said Wednesday the Wildrose and PC parties are uncomfortable with the topic of gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in schools.
Rachel Notley was asked to comment on the fact that the two right-of-centre parties are still debating GSAs and whether parents should be told if their child belongs to one of the social groups.
Notley believes members of those parties are not in sync with Albertans on this issue.
“At the base of that argument is a level of discomfort and a failure of the people in those parties to understand, or to come to terms with the fact, that there is still some underlying discrimination going on in the lens through which they view this problem,” Notley said.
She elaborated further by discussing the framework of preexisting clubs and programs already being run by schools.
“We don’t have any kind of obligatory notification process for kids being involved in the botany club, or the volleyball club, or the yearbook club. And nor should there be any conversation about any mandatory notification about kids choosing to be friends with kids who are gay or questioning,” she said.
Notley further elaborated on the bureaucracy between the Wildrose, and the PC party on this issue.
“The fact that opposition parties are tying themselves in knots over this, is because they don’t actually yet believe the things that the vast majority of Albertans believe on this issue,” she said.
Notley continued to explain that it’s important for schools to keep in touch with parents and explain the different types of clubs that are available.
“[It would] be lovely for the schools to tell parents about all the clubs that are out there for their kids to think about joining, but it certainly should not be obligatory or mandatory because of the nature of one particular club,” Notley said.
Written by David Morales