Candidates receive questionnaires from interested parties.  Here is the Edmonton Capital Club questionnaire and my responses:

 

Dear Trustee Candidate,

At over 1.3 million citizens and growing, Edmonton’s capital region, the 5th largest in Canada, is one of the fastest growing regions in Canada. Unique to this region is one of Canada’s youngest populations where issues of diversity and difference are at the forefront of social policies, programs, and community initiatives.

Of its 1.3 million citizens, it is estimated that about 10% – or about 130,000 –identify as sexual and gender minority community members. While 1 in 10 may be LGBTQ, 6 in 10 people have family members, colleagues and friends who are sexual or gender minorities. This represents 780,000 potential LGBTQ allies in the Edmonton region.

The Capital Club believes that diversity enhances economic success and is a vital part of the social fabric of vibrant, resilient, and healthy communities.

The Capital Club is Edmonton’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (LGBTQ) Professionals’ Association. We invite candidates to participate in our third election survey to help us understand your knowledge and awareness of the Capital Region’s diverse sexual and gender minority communities and issues.

We invite you to respond to the following 2017 municipal election trustee candidate survey questions:

  1. Do you support gay-straight student alliances in schools? Yes. 
  2. Do you support human rights and full accommodation for transgender students and staff? Yes
  3. Do you support “outing” LGBTQ students without their express permission? No
  4. Do you support age-appropriate curricular inclusion of LGBTQ topics in the K-12 curriculum? Yes, although the Province, not Edmonton Public, establishes the K-12 curriculum.
  5. Do you support standalone comprehensive sexual orientation and gender identity policies, which support LGBTQ students, staff, and families as a mandatory requirement for all school boards in Alberta? I believe this is a requirement of Alberta Education. I support the Edmonton School Board’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Policy. 

Some of your readers may be curious about my vote in the September 12 Board meeting regarding waiver of notice of motion. You can find my explanation here:

My Support for Protecting Kid’s Privacy in joining GSAs

Your responses will be shared verbatim (unedited) and will be made public to help inform voters.

While The Capital Club does not endorse any single candidate, we are committed to ensuring that sexual and gender minority issues are an integral part of municipal election and school board trustee debates.

The Capital Club reserves the right not to publish any defamatory or offensive statements submitted by candidates.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in our survey.

The Capital Club