Update: read this post by Dave Cournoyer, interesting insight.
I find it interesting that in Alberta the religious right (and I do believe that the members of the PC caucus I am referring to would be comfortable with that label) have the influence to put in place Bill 44 (changes to the Human Rights Act of Alberta – see 11.1), but no one is speaking up for parents who want the freedom and the right to educate their children without religious influence.
This story in the G&M highlights some of the challenges our democracy faces in Alberta. A few very powerful members of a large governing party have the power to put in place a very unpopular piece of legislation. Yet, there is not mechanism, politically or bureaucratically to give the same freedoms, the same power of choice to group of parents who simply desire the right to choose.
Currently, their only choice is to keep their children enrolled in the catholic school system, move out of their community, or home school. For many parents, home schooling is not an option. Just as moving shouldn’t have to be the only alternative.
Where are the MLA’s to protect these parents rights? Just as parents can pull their kids out of class at the hint of discussion of sexuality, shouldn’t these parents be able to enroll their children in a secular educational program in their community?