Ex-Tory min­is­ter says NDP should or­der school boards to adopt LGBTQ pol­icy

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - The Cana­dian Press

CAL­GARY — A for­mer Tory education min­is­ter says Al­berta’s NDP govern­ment should or­der school boards, in­clud­ing the Catholic sys­tem, to adopt a pol­icy that pro­tects LGBTQ stu­dents if they won’t do it vol­un­tar­ily. Thomas Lukaszuk says the govern­ment would take some flak, but it would be in the best in­ter­est of stu­dents. He says it would be a bet­ter move than dis­band­ing school boards that refuse to fall in line. Education Min­is­ter David Eggen has given school boards un­til the end of March to draft poli­cies that pro­tect th­ese stu­dents from dis­crim­i­na­tion. Some Catholic lead­ers and school trustees op­pose the idea for religious rea­sons, ar­gu­ing all stu­dents are al­ready pro­tected.

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