Alberta Liberals release NDP emails detailing Bill 1 ‘confusion’
The Alberta Liberal Party has released internal government emails they claim show that the NDP was in damage control mode over school transportation concerns in Calgary.
Numerous Calgary parents have come forward with stories about challenges in relations to busing changes that critics say have been implemented due to the Alberta NDP’s Bill 1.
In a prepared statement, Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann, representing Calgary MountainView, said it’s troubling to see the government call the serious concerns of parents in Calgary ‘noise and confusion.’
“The NDP were clearly aware of problems with the implementation of Bill 1 but chose spin over real action,” Swann said.
According to the news release from the party, the internal NDP email exchange began when a parent asked the government to attend an information session with the Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Transit Services.
The parent shared their personal story of the logistical challenges and safety concerns they had around their young child using public transit for school, as well as the financial impact the transportation changes could have on struggling families.
In closing their email, the parent tells the government to “do the right thing for our children.”
In the exchange, the education ministry admits the situation is a challenge but tells their constituency offices to “hold still on communication” until their messaging strategy has been completed.
Lindsay Harvey, media liaison for Alberta Education said they heard confusion and concerns from parents regarding the CBE’s decision to make changes to bus routes and bell start times.
“MLAs were inquiring with the Minister’s office about getting clear information for their constituents — that is what the email sent was in response to,” she said.
In the email exchange, the education ministry admits the situation is a challenge but tells their constituency offices to “hold still on communication” until their messaging strategy has been completed.