NDP to table petitions against law

The Alberta NDP says more than 1,000 people have signed petitions against human rights legislation that would let parents pull their children out of lessons on sex, religion or sexual orientation.

EDMONTON — The Alberta NDP says more than 1,000 people have signed petitions against human rights legislation that would let parents pull their children out of lessons on sex, religion or sexual orientation.

The party is planning to table the petitions in the legislature as part of its opposition to the bill, which is expected to be put to a vote soon.

The proposed legislation has been criticized by school boards and human rights groups, who say the issue should be dealt with under the Schools Act.

Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett has said the government is allowing parents to be more involved and doesn’t want to cause problems for schools or teachers.

But opposition parties say it will take a massive amount of work to notify parents every time the topics come up in the curriculum.

A protest is set to be held outside the legislature today.

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