I love it when constituents ask direct questions about their heartfelt concerns.
In this case, a very nice lady named Ann from the Calgary-West riding reached out and asked: “What are your perspectives on LGBTQ+ issues such as GSAs?”
You see Ann is worried that the NDP are creating a non-business-friendly environment and that the UCP would actively work to curtail peoples’ rights and freedoms.
I’m worried too, Ann. That’s why I’m running for the Alberta Party – business and rights can easily co-exist. Here’s my reply:
Thank you for your note.
I have always been a progressive conservative, but Pierre Trudeau’s famous words “The State has no business in the bedrooms of the Nation” had an early influence and always resonated for me.
I am a progressive in the sense that I believe “love is love” and I honor it in its many forms and demonstrations. God knows it is hard enough to find love, and we must cling on to it in life and encourage others to do the same.
The controversy over GSAs makes me sad and disillusioned to be a conservative. It is hard enough being an adolescent, and my heart aches for those who also have to sort out simultaneously their sexual identity, much less address and handle the fear of being ‘outed’ to their parents and community before they are ready. There is no question in my mind about unequivocally supporting any form of alliances that makes life easier for students of all ages, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
Trust this makes my personal views clear enough?
Thank you for your interest in my campaign.
As the Alberta candidate for Calgary-West, I intend to represent ALL residents, without exception. To me, equal rights are a given, a non-negotiable, a requirement.
Love who you want. As long as you’re helping make Alberta a happier, more egalitarian and prosperous place, I’m on your side.