How do you violate an Albertan’s human rights? Teach them

Thanks to Bill 44, the HUMAN RIGHTS, CITIZENSHIP AND
MULTICULTURALISM AMENDMENT ACT, 2009

Here’s the relevant portion:

9 The following is added after section 11:
Notice to parent or guardian
11.1(1) A board as defined in the School Act shall provide
notice to a parent or guardian of a student where courses of
study, educational programs or instructional materials, or
instruction or exercises, prescribed under that Act include
subject-matter that deals explicitly with religion, sexuality or
sexual orientation.
(2) Where a teacher or other person providing instruction,
teaching a course of study or educational program or using the
instructional materials referred to in subsection (1) receives a
written request signed by a parent or guardian of a student that
the student be excluded from the instruction, course of study,
educational program or use of instructional materials, the
teacher or other person shall in accordance with the request of
the parent or guardian and without academic penalty permit the
student
(a) to leave the classroom or place where the instruction,
course of study or educational program is taking place or
the instructional materials are being used for the duration
of the part of the instruction, course of study or
educational program, or the use of the instructional
materials, that includes the subject-matter referred to in
subsection (1), or
(b) to remain in the classroom or place without taking part
in the instruction, course of study or educational
program or using the instructional materials

Parents now get the right to opt their children out of classes, if the topic is on something they don’t want them to hear.

Here’s how it all went down, legislature style:

On the motion that the following Bill be now read a Third time:
Bill 44 Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Amendment Act, 2009 —
Hon. Mr. Blackett

A debate followed.

Mr. Chase, Hon. Member for Calgary-Varsity, moved the Bill be amended by deleting
all the words after “that” and substituting the following:
Bill 44, Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Amendment Act, 2009,
be not now read a Third time because the proposed notice provisions contained
in the Bill will cause a chill in expression that will adversely affect Alberta’s
education system.

A debate followed on the amendment.

The question being put, the amendment was defeated. With Mr. Cao in the Chair, the
names being called for were taken as follows:
For the amendment:
Blakeman
Chase
Hehr
Mason
Notley
Swann
Taylor

A brave stand, but futile. 35 other members voted against, and Bill 44 passed. So to the few legislative members that stood up for reason and free expression, this Big Rock is for you,  Laurie Blakeman (LIB), Harry Chase (LIB), Kent Hehr (LIB), Brian Mason (ND), Rachel Notley (ND), David Swann (LIB), and Dave Taylor (LIB).

And here is why it matters.

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