Minister hires third party in transgender controversy at Edmonton schools

Alberta's education minister is bringing in an outside adviser to help Edmonton's Catholic school board implement a policy on transgender students.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s education minister is bringing in an outside adviser to help Edmonton’s Catholic school board implement a policy on transgender students.

David Eggen says in a statement that the group National Growth Partners will report back and provide recommendations starting in three months.

Edmonton Catholic’s board trustees have been struggling to implement a policy to protect gay and transgender students in their schools.

In a heated meeting last month, one trustee cried and had to shout over accusations she was against gays, while another equated being transgender to having a mental disorder.

The board has since passed first reading of a policy on gender inclusivity.

The issue revolves around a seven-year-old transgender girl who wants to use the girls washroom.