Alberta tells Catholic school trustees to ‘sort themselves out’ over LGBTQ issue
EDMONTON — Alberta’s education minister says Edmonton Catholic School Board trustees need to “sort themselves out” when it comes to drafting a plan to help LGBTQ students. David Eggen says the law demands equality for all students, and says board trustees need to do the job they were elected to do. Eggen adds that the majority of Albertans want safe learning environments for all students, including those with different gender identities. All 61 school boards are drafting policies that must be submitted to the province by the end of March on how they will protect LGBTQ students. Calgary’s Catholic Bishop Fred Henry has denounced the plan as heavy-handed and contrary to church teachings. This weekend, the Edmonton Catholic trustees sent Henry’s letter to all parents in their district.