Greg knows that rights are rights, and he will always stand up to protect people.
There are a lot of examples of Greg living these values, but two high-profile issues stand out.
In the fall of 2017, the government introduced Bill 24 to protect the privacy of students who choose to join a gay-straight alliance at school. Greg spoke strongly in favour of the bill, and called out the UCP opposition when they questioned why the bill had been introduced.
- You can watch Greg’s comments on YouTube
Greg passionately argued that it was necessary because not every teen is comfortable, or safe, discussing their sexual orientation with their parents. Between 25 and 40 per cent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. GSAs help those students ensure that they have a chance at a better education because they are focused on their studies, not focused on what might happen at home should someone out them without their permission.
The UCP on the other hand, argued that there are “more important issues” to deal with. What could be more important than protecting the fundamental human right to be who you were born to be, to live the life you choose, and to do so in safety? And as we’ve seen in this election, the UCP plan to roll back these basic protections if they’re elected government.
A second example is Bill 9, which established a “bubble zone” that banned protests within 150 meters of women’s health clinics. This thoughtful legislation balanced Albertans’ right to free speech with a woman’s fundamental right to access legal health services free from harassment.
Bill 9 made its way through the legislature like any other piece of legislation, except for one thing – every time there was a vote the UCP left the house. It was shocking to see that time and time again the entire UCP caucus walked away from their jobs to represent their constituents.
Greg was in the Legislature to vote all 14 times this bill came up, and he gave an important speech that explained why he supports Bill 9.
- You can watch his Bill 9 speech.
Greg will ensure that fundamental rights are never compromised, and he knows that the better we do protecting rights, the better able we are to attract and retain talented people to grow our economy. We don’t need to choose between one or the other, protecting people and building safe communities creates a strong society, which is the best path to a strong economy.