This hurts working and single parents who don't have flexible jobs or extended family to help them. To place this kind of stress on Calgary families who have come through the worst recession in decades and where unemployment is the highest in the country is just not right.
While election financing laws have been changed provincially, they have not changed for trustee elections.
Corporations, unions, and political action committees can donate to trustee elections and this must be changed.
Kids Come First and CAPSC (Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils) have launched a petition asking the Alberta Government to end special interest group financing of trustee elections....
Lisa Davis of Kids Come First states “Education must be free from influence of special interest groups who have funding available that ordinary Albertans do not have access to”.
These legislative changes must be made for the upcoming October 2017 trustee elections.
For example, the last Calgary Board of Education trustee was elected in a by-election in 2015. The successful candidate, Julie Hrdlicka, took almost $19,000 in union donations. This was a huge increase from past elections and was four times the amount the next candidate raised in total from third parties. School boards also spend millions of dollars on third party contracts, and it is important these expenditures are perceived to be free from interference.
Althea Adams agrees “the current government took important steps to special interest group financing from provincial elections, and now must move quickly to ensure that individual Albertans determine the election of trustees, and not special interest groups”.
Sign the petition at:
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