The politician demands that parents should be notified if their children are joining gay-straight alliances at school. Jason Kenney is the Privy Council for Canada and leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta. EArlier this week the politician attended an editorial board meeting with Postmedia, where he made such comments. ‘I do, however, think that parents have a right to know what’s going on with their kids in the schools unless the parents are abusive,’ Kenney said. ‘I don’t think it’s right to keep secrets from parents about challenges their kids are going through.’ The LGBT groups in Canada are furious about such words. Jason Kenney’s GSA policy could lead to the homelessness, abuse, isolation, suicide & death of young people. On Facebook he tried to justify himself: ‘Some are falsely claiming that I want to force schools to “out” children to their parents. This simply is not true,’ he wrote. ‘I have never said this, nor do I believe it. I have stated repeatedly that I do not support repealing Bill 10 regarding Gay-Straight Alliances in schools. I have also said that the best interests and safety of children must be paramount in all matters. When dealing with complex issues like gender and sexual identity, I believe our education system should recognize that every child, and every circumstance, is unique. In some cases informing parents would clearly be inappropriate.’ To support his statement, Kenney posted a transcript of the meeting including the controversial comments.
And the media definitely quoted him correctly as saying he wants parents to be informed if their child joins a gay-straight alliance. Prior to his original quote, he said he would not repeal Bill 10, should he become premier.Under the law, school boards have to allow gay-straight alliances when students request them. Kenney then starts his ‘parents have a right to know’-comments.