CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is standing by his Training Minister, Adriana LaGrange, after the union representing Alberta lecturers voted resoundingly this weekend that they don’t have any confidence in her.
Ninety-nine per cent of delegates on the Alberta Lecturers’ Affiliation (ATA) annual consultant meeting voted in favour of a non-confidence movement, which was first launched Saturday.
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On Tuesday, when requested concerning the vote, Premier Kenney says they gained’t be fazed.
“Fortunately, it is a democracy, not a union-ocracy. We make choices democratically at elections. The federal government decides who ministers are, not particular curiosity teams, and never unions,” he stated.
Kenney then accused the NDP of making an attempt to inject leftist ideologies into the college curriculum whereas they had been in energy.
Mount Royal Political Scientist, Lori Williams, says this current vote, paired with an earlier non-confidence vote in Well being Minister Tyler Shandro signifies a wider drawback.
“The federal government is just about beneath siege at this cut-off date, as a result of they’re getting challenges from the Lecturers’ Affiliation, with respect to the training minister, due to very unpopular curriculum modifications, it’s not simply, kind of, a battle between lecturers and the federal government,” stated Williams.
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Williams says the UCP has introduced it upon themselves for being unnecessarily combative, and they need to contemplate listening to the considerations coming in.
“This dismissiveness that appears to be coming again to the ground once more will not be going to successfully tackle the very authentic, widespread considerations which have been raised by quite a few totally different people, teams, etcetera,” she stated.