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Alberta Premier Alison Redford Will Be First to Address Edmonton's Pride Parade

LGBT advocates in Ablerta, Canada are thrilled that Progressive Conservative Alison Redford will be the first sitting Alberta premier to address Edmonton's Pride Parade on June 9, the Edmonton Journal reports:

Redford“It’s quite significant,” said Colleen Sutherland, co-chair of the Edmonton Pride Festival Society. “This is record-breaking news. I think that it shows that everybody is accepted across the province and it emphasizes the Edmonton (public) school board taking on the new sexual orientation and gender identity policy.”

During April’s provincial election, the Wildrose party found itself in the hot seat after a 2011 blog post surfaced by Allan Hunsperger, a pastor and subsequently defeated Wildrose candidate for Edmonton South. In the post, Hunsperger criticized the Edmonton public school board as “profane” and “wicked” for its antibullying stance in support of gay students, and wrote gays will burn in a “lake of fire.”

Redford’s involvement in this year’s Pride festivities takes a stand against that, Sutherland said.

Redford plans to make opening remarks at the Pride celebration at 1:30 pm.

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  1. Ablerta is a funny typo. I usually don't point them out, but I laughed.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 4, 2012 11:37:51 AM


  2. Keeping up with Calgary mayor's headline from last year: Calgary mayor parades into history as Pride marshal
    http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/09/05/calgary-mayor-parades-into-history-as-pride-marshal/

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Jun 4, 2012 12:48:44 PM


  3. Good for Redford and the Prog Cons. The weird bit is that Danielle Smith, the leader of the opposition Wildrose Party, says that she will also participate in the Pride festivities. Smith describes herself as a libertarian who supports things like marriage equality, but Wildrose also ran a number of hardcore social conservatives as candidates, including the "lake of fire" guy mentioned in the article. Not sure I'll ever understand Alberta politics.

    Posted by: Tommy B | Jun 4, 2012 9:46:03 PM


  4. The winds of change are sweet smelling.

    Posted by: david from Edmonton | Jun 4, 2012 9:59:31 PM


  5. Redford is more the Progressive part of the PC party. The C portion all vacated and went to the Wildrose. And Danielle Smith is only going to save face and be all "look I can be socially active as well". If Redford weren't going then the chances of Smith going are slim

    Posted by: Stephen | Jun 5, 2012 10:07:15 AM


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