On Tuesday, November 29, AHEA hosted a Celebrate Home Education Rally at the provincial Legislature. The event was extremely successful, seeing 567 people coming to celebrate and stand for parental rights.
The rally featured several activities:
- discussion groups
- a choir
- ballroom dancing
- collection of food for the food bank
There were many MLAs in attendance, both from government and from opposition parties. There were many who mingled with and spoke to home educators and several of who made presentations at the rally:
- Jessica Littlewood -NDP
- Brian Jean -Wildrose
- Mark Smith -Shadow Education Minister for the Wildrose
- Ric McIver -PC
- Debbie Jabbour – NDP
In the afternoon sitting of the legislature, MLA Smith introduced AHEA’s President, Paul van den Bosch, and Government Liaison, Patty Marler. During question period, opposition leader Brian Jean asked questions of the government in the legislature regarding the parental choice in education.
A summary of the event, as well as the questions asked and responses given in the legislature surrounding parental choice may be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD7YGi7PQYg
Alberta Home Education Association