UCP MLAs allowed free votes on Alberta gay-straight alliance bill

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Michelle Bellefontaine writes at CBC News Edmonton:

MLAs from the United Conservative Party will be allowed to vote freely on social issues like the NDP’s new bill to prevent schools from outing students who join gay-straight alliances.

Under Bill 24, teachers and principals at publicly funded Alberta schools would not be allowed to tell parents if a child joined a GSA. It’s expected to be debated for the first time on Tuesday.

Jason Nixon, leader of the UCP caucus in the legislature, said free votes were part of the tradition of the Wildrose and he expects that to continue under the new party.

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