Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issued the following statement in response to the blog post by former Edmonton Catholic School District trustee Patricia Grell:
“I want to thank Patricia Grell for both her years of service as an Edmonton District Catholic Board Trustee and for her courage in standing up for issues of democracy, tolerance, and human rights.
In particular, I share her concerns about the discriminatory attitudes towards members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and urge all School Boards to create, adopt and publish their LGBTQ2S+ policies for the public to view. Additionally, I call on the Education Minister to require the immediate implementation of GSA policies by every School Board.
Furthermore, I am concerned by some of the claims of inefficiently spent funds and a dysfunctional governance culture. This is very troubling.
The Alberta Liberals have always championed fiscal responsibility, progressive education policies and fair and accountable government. We will continue to look for ways to improve both the education system and the educational experience of all students.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan released the following statement in reaction to the interim review of the Calgary Board of Education:
“I am pleased to see the government has now recognized parental concerns over the consequences of Bill 1 are more than just ‘noise and confusion.’But the NDP should have addressed these issues before the school year began. Instead, it rushed ahead without proper consultation in order to achieve a political win. This is not good governance, it is partisan opportunism.
“The government is still not offering an immediate solution. Instead, it continues to review the matter and shift the responsibility for resolving the problem it created onto the school board.
“Parents are left to deal with challenging transportation schedules, gaps in bell times, and arrival at distant congregated bus stops. This has led some to hire their own busesat considerable personal expense.
“As a result, the government’s stated goal of saving parents’ money on school fees has been offset by these increased transportation costs, especially for parents of children in alternative or second language programs who are worse off under this new schedule.
“That is why I am calling on the NDP government to take real action by resolving these issues now, not waiting another month or more.
“While the Calgary Board of Education works to clean up this mess, the NDP needs to do its part to help these Calgary families, and make their transportation needs a priority.”
The NDP’s fiscal policy is bad for Alberta. They're depleting our contingency fund, facing downgraded credit ratings and burdening future generations with debt repayment and servicing fees.
But Jason Kenney’s proposed 20% cut to the public budget is not the answer! It isn’t just reckless, it’s ridiculous.
Harsh austerity on this scale only invites economic shock, infrastructure deficits and a reduction in services that Albertans, especially the most vulnerable, depend on.