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Why the Concern over the Alberta Human Rights Act?

Human rights are an issue which AHEA members take very seriously.   The tweet from Education Minister, Thomas Lukaszuk immediately following the March 5 peaceful rally "Attended a rally put on by some home schoolers who protest against human rights in education"  was disturbing. 
 
 
Provincial Human Rights Legislations have been studied at length and severely criticized by the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms.
 
According to the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms www.jccf.ca , and a study called “From Bad to Worse”, published in March 2011, Canadian Human Rights legislations have been described, at best, as being ‘bad’ as a result of their lack of procedural fairness and their violation of free speech rights.  Alberta has the second worst rating in Canada, for the fairness of its Human Rights Legislation according to the 6 page summary of the 49 page study http://www.jccf.ca/images/From%20Bad%20to%20Worse%20-%20Executive%20Summary.pdf
  
Carol Crosson, co-author of the research paper From Bad to Worse - Examining Restrictions on Speech and Procedural Fairness in Human Rights Legislation in fourteen Canadian Jurisdictions, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, appeared on the Rutherford show on March 21, 2012.  She discussed Human Rights Commissions and how they function, what they cover, areas of fairness, how complaints occur and how they are treated. She explained some of the weaknesses in the Alberta Human Rights Act, how it is enforced, and why as parents, our concern about our freedoms to express ourselves is a real and legitimate concern.
 
To listen to the interview, go to 10:00 a.m. on March 21st.  Skip ahead to 10:30 where the interview with Carol Crosson begins.
 
Finally, an extended column on Free Speech, posted by Brad Trost, describes clear examples of how Canada’s Human Rights Commmissions  ‘selectively oppress Canadians who hold small “c” conservative political or religious views.” 
 
 
This information should provides clear explanation as to why so many Albertans have insisted - and continue to insist - that the Alberta Human Rights Act NOT be enshrined within the Education Act.
 

Bill 2: Effective 4:30p.m., Thurs. March 22, 2012

As of 4:30 pm on Thursday March 22 2012, the proposed Education Act (Bill 2) has not passed.
 
At the session of the Committee of the Whole today, the Minister of Education introduced five last minute amendments, none of which affect home education.
 
 
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Assembly Debate on Bill 2: Tues. March 20

Debate occurred on  Bill 2 on Tues, March 20 beginning around 9:00pm.
 
Mr. Anderson of the Wildrose Party moved that
 
Bill 2, Education Act, be amended by striking out section 16 and substituting the following:   
 
Respect 
16
Education programs offered and instructional materials used in schools must
not promote or foster doctrines of racial or ethnic superiority or persecution,
religious intolerance or persecution, social change through violent action or
disobedience of laws.
 
Debate ensued. 
Debate was adjourned around 10:45 pm.  The debate on Bill 2 may resume as early as 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 21.

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