UPDATE: Wildrose response to meeting request

Willdrose response

Thank you to everyone for sending your letters. This morning I received a message from the Wildrose. Please see below for that communication.

As I have promised, I take my role seriously as a representative of your concerns and will post updates on these communications publicly to ensure everyone is aware of what actions our politicians will take to ensure the highest standard of safety and care for children in Alberta schools.

Please continue to encourage the Minister of Education to schedule a meeting date before the end of the month by phoning his office 780 427 5010.

Message received from Wildrose Legislative and Outreach Assistant – May 12th, 8:36 a.m.

Dear Theresa,

On behalf of Leela Aheer and the Wildrose team you have included in your email, I would like to thank you for your invitation to receive the letters you have collected in person.

We will happily meet and believe it would be most effective to include Minister Eggen at our meeting, since he is the one who currently has the ability to resolve these issues that mean so much to so many parents.

To that end, we will contact his office and set at date here in Edmonton.

As always, we thank you for being such a tremendous advocate for Albertans, and look forward to seeing you.

Regards on behalf of MLA Leela Aheer

My reply – sent May 12th, 9:56 a.m.

Thank you for your email on behalf of MLA Leela Aheer and the Wildrose team.

I agree it would be most effective to include Minister Eggen in our meeting and appreciate your efforts to encourage him to attend.

Minister Eggen has spoken often of his desire to ensure a safe, caring, welcoming and respectful learning environment for all students in Alberta schools. To that end I am hopeful that he understands the importance of the concerns being voiced from citizens across the province and will make it a top priority to work with your office and schedule a meeting between the dates of May 17th and 31st. I look forward to receiving a meeting date soon.

However, one point of clarification: Please ensure in your communication with Minister Eggen that a meeting date before May 31st is scheduled and confirmed prior to Friday, May 19th.

If the Minister of Education declines to offer a meeting date then I would still expect a one hour in-person meeting with MLA Leela Aheer and Brian Jean before the end of the month in order to ensure that the Wildrose team is fully aware of the concerns being voiced by Albertans across the province, regardless of the Education Minister’s attendance.

Thank you very much to MLA Leela Aheer and the Wildrose team for working toward ensuring the highest standard of safety and care for all children in our K-12 school system.

Just a reminder that I will be posting these messages publicly on my Informed Albertans blog since I am advocating on behalf of so many people across the province who have entrusted me to represent their concerns.

Most Sincerely,



June 4th – Thank you to MLA Leela Aheer, Education Critic for the Wildrose Official Opposition, for meeting with me at her Legislature office on May 25th. Read my full update blog article for pictures and more details.


    • informedalbertans

      Thanks, Sonja! I couldn’t do what I do if not for the support of so many others who are writing letters, signing petitions, making phone calls and spreading the word. Let’s keep working together to ensure the highest standard of care in our K-12 schools. It is a team effort. 🙂


  1. Carolyn M

    Way to go, Theresa! Interesting that all but Minister Eggen have responded. Your tenacity is commendable…keep up the great work!


    • informedalbertans

      Thank you, Carolyn. And yes, it is interesting. I hope the Minister of Education realizes that inaction on this issue will not only directly compromise the safety of children and the public confidence in the standard of Alberta’s education system, but will also severely affect Minister Eggen’s own credibility for the long-term. Let’s hope he weighs the issue carefully, understands the full gravity of what is at stake and takes appropriate action sooner rather than later.


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