A new bill which would look to protect students who want to join or create a gay-straight alliance is not being supported by the province’s official opposition.
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney announced on Tuesday that the party would not support the legislation as the school would need to protect the privacy of students – including from their parents.
In a statement, Kenney says the party does support GSA’s but believes “teachers, not politicians, should decide when it makes sense to engage parents.”
“We believe that the vast majority of parents have unconditional love for their kids, and we acknowledge the research underscoring that parental support and involvement is one of the most important factors in supporting youth at risk, including sexual minority youth.
He added the UCP’s also oppose the notion of schools outing gay students.
The Bill, “An Act to Protect Gay Straight Alliances”, was officially introduced last week.
“Our top priority is for all schools across Alberta to be safe and welcoming for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression,” said David Eggen, Minister of Education, in a release.
The earliest it could come into effect if passed would be April 1, 2018, with schools having until June 30, 2018, to make their policies public.