Calgary, AB (September 28, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan welcomes further legislation to expand protections for Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs).
“I am very pleased to see the Minister of Education heeded my call to require the immediate implementation of GSA policies by every School Board,” says Khan. “This has been a long time coming, and I am glad to see the government is finally doing what is right for student safety and inclusiveness.”
Alberta Liberals were the first party to advocate for LGBTQ2S+ rights and are proud to have been trailblazers in enshrining these rights in law. In 2014, with Motion 503 and Bill 202, Alberta Liberals put the issue of GSAs on the agenda. Since then, the government has resisted fully implementing the provisions of the legislation.
Khan called for the government to enforce the legislation as recently as last week.
“It has been over a year since the Minister promised students in an open letter that their rights would be protected, says Khan. “While I was initially disappointed by the Minister’s timidity, I am pleased to see he is finally following through."
“The conversation about parental notification originally came from conservative desires to weaken provisions of the law to make it more palatable to its base. It served to distract from the real issue of student safety, which hopefully this legislation will ensure.”