“It gets better – if we all stand up”
These are the opening words of a petition launched yesterday by the Alberta NDP Party, apparently trying to make it look like they have public support on their side as they continue threatening the destruction of authentic educational choice.
The petition reassuringly states that “all students in Alberta deserve to go to school in a safe and inclusive environment.”
However, Albertans are not so easily fooled by a government that makes a feeble attempt to call something what it is not.
Is inclusion so narrowly defined by our government that it now means only bathroom usage and one certain type of club?
If the government truly wants to be “inclusive”, why not INCLUDE educational choices that truly respect and reflect the diversity of our incredible province?
The Minister of Education wrote a special Facebook letter to LGBTQ students in August, saying “I’m with you one hundred per cent.”
But what about the hundreds of students at the two Edmonton area Christian schools who are now facing an inquiry under Section 41 of the School Act – a move which Minister Eggen admits in a Global News video is “is a very serious step” with “lots of grave consequences attached to it”?
Do these “grave consequences” contribute to students at these schools experiencing a sense of protection, value and belonging? Do these students feel they are equally deserving of inclusion in Alberta’s education system?
Or do these students feel marginalized and traumatized by the government’s punitive threats to remove funding that means they could no longer have the freedom and choice to attend the school they love and which reflects their faith-based values?
Apparently the NDP petition slogan “It gets better” does not apply to all students in the province.
In a pluralistic, multicultural, democratic and free society, hard work is necessary when it comes to the complex balancing of values, needs and responsibilities.
Diplomacy and respect are required – not a sledgehammer.
The NDP petition, alongside their most recent actions, demonstrate clearly that this government is not trying to be “inclusive” at all.
They have been watching our petition and know there is not widespread public support for their actions.
Your voice is making a difference!
And now that our petition is again in the media spotlight through its mention in yesterday’s Edmonton Journal article, it is more important than ever that we continue to spread awareness about this critical issue.
Please share this information through email and social media and invite people to sign our online petition supporting authentic educational choice.
Help us demonstrate with an even louder, stronger voice how Albertans really feel about this “anti-bullying” sledgehammer approach.