Al­berta tells Catholic school trustees to ‘sort them­selves out’ over LGBTQ is­sue

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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.

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