The PC Provincial Conservative Party believes in freedom from discrimination on any basis
This generality more specifically includes people having the right to live their lives without being discriminated against for their race, creed, religion, ethnic background, political beliefs and sexual orientation.
Though existing legislation as well as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms prohibit discrimination against the LGBT community there is still much prejudice and discrimination. An unacceptable result is that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender homeless youth in our province account for 40% of all young people experiencing homelessness.
Subsequently, the PC Provincial Conservative Party will act to ensure existing law and others deemed necessary are respected in practice and delivery by our police and the courts and all those involved in the legal process.
Specifically Bill 10 enacted by the previous PC government of Alberta which includes the right of students to have Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs must include that the students joining identities should NOT be compromised but rather be held confidential.
In 2001, the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada became the first federal party to officially support the Pride Parade. In fact, Joe Clark was the event's Grand Marshal, becoming the first former Prime Minister of Canada to ever attend a Pride Parade in this Capacity. In 2012 Alison Redford became the first Premier of Alberta to attend the Pride Parade event.
Our vision is of a world free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, a world in which difference is accepted not only in theory but in practice.
We are of the opinion the following policies will make all LGBT individuals free from discrimination:
Supports to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to explicitly include gender identity and gender expression as protected grounds of discrimination;
Supports to amend the Criminal Code to include gender identity and gender expression in the hate sentencing and hate propaganda provisions;
Repeal s.159 of the Criminal Code;
Support public education to end prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
End the targeting by Canada Customs of LGBTQ+ bookstores and other LGBTQ+ businesses;
Ensure Canada advocates internationally for an end to state-sanctioned discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people.
Policy position by Joesph Hueglin, Progressive Canadian Leader and T.Robert Fletcher, Provincial Director, PC Provincial Conservatives